For 24 years, the YWCA’s Leadership Luncheon has been a special event to honor and recognize women who make significant contributions to the Topeka area community. This year, Topeka Public Schools nominated Migrant Facilitator Thelma Galvez for a Woman of Excellence Award in the Education category.
Ms. Galvez is committed to helping the migrant student population achieve their goals and earn their high school diploma. Her role includes advocating for students by fostering positive relationships with school staff and community agencies. In addition, she leads programs to strengthen parent involvement and improve the home to school link for migrant students. Ms. Galvez has worked as the TPS migrant facilitator since 2010. Prior to that, she worked in the TPS English Language Learners program. Before joining Topeka Public Schools, she was employed at the Greenbush Education Center as a regional migrant recruiter and at the Kansas Department of Aging as an SHICK outreach specialist.
Ms. Galvez has volunteered with MANA de Topeka and received an education award from the organization in 2007. She has also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas.
More information about the Woman of Excellence program can be found at http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=8nKFITNvEoG&b=7966321