Meet an Award-Winning Charter Mom and Advocate

She helped start two middle schools. She fought for all public school students to receive equal access to college scholarship funding. She lobbied her representative in Sacramento to oppose anti-charter legislation. And she’s a mom.

It’s easy to see why Tomasa Espinoza was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the California Charter Schools Association’s annual conference last month in Long Beach. A charter school parent in Richmond, Tomasa is the living embodiment of what it means to be an advocate for kids. She is relentless yet warm, determined yet patient. “She’s taught me about leadership and how to motivate others to take action,” says Yannell Selman, a parent organizing director at CCSA.

Watch this touching video about Tomasa’s advocacy on behalf of families. Thank you Tomasa for everything that you do!

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