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Local Teacher Named National Educator of the Year Finalist

Plus, Black-, Latinx-, and Asian-owned businesses get a boost from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

By Sarah Sapeda

A Serra High School English teacher has been named a National Society of High School Scholars Teacher of the Year finalist. Katherine Amos was recognized for her ability to empower students to develop their voice, even during such a challenging year. She’s one of the international honors and scholarship program’s 20 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year for 2020. Her finalist nod comes with a $1,000 prize.

James Lewis, NSHSS cofounder, said: “Each year it is difficult to select our winners out of hundreds of compelling applications. This year’s candidates raised the bar to a new level we never could have imagined.”

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund recently awarded $300,000 in grants to Black-, Latinx-, and Asian-owned businesses hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic. The grants, administered by The San Diego Foundation, were divided equally between the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Asian Business Association of San Diego, who will in turn distribute them to approved business owners.

“San Diego’s underrepresented businesses were already challenged by cash flow on a good day, and now during the pandemic they are facing mounting obstacles to stay afloat,” said Donna DeBerry, president and CEO of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce. “This charitable support will get money into the hands of our historically disadvantaged businesses to help them keep the lights on, pay rent, and remain in operation.”

Katherine Amos

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