With a total of twenty-five years of elected public service as a Board of Education member in Whittier California Alex Morales a life long resident in the area of Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk. He currently resides in the Beverly Hills Estates in the city of Whittier. Mr. Morales is the Director for the School Improvement Initiative at the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State University Long Beach. There he uses his twenty- eight years of experience as a classroom teacher, university professor, school principal, board of education member, and district administrator to assist schools in improving the educational programs and opportunities for all students. Mr. Morales is also a member of the Latino School Board Association of California, Rio Hondo Community College Advisory Committee, past State President of the Association of Mexican-American Educators, and an active member of several advocacy and humanitarian groups such as the Hearts Without Boundaries, American G.I Forum, Cambodian Civilization Association, and Progressive United Action Association.
The first part of Mr. Morales' professional career was focused on advocating for Latino students and their inclusion in all aspects of the public school system. These efforts resulted in the production of one of Los Angeles County's first bilingual children's musical "Annie" which ran for three consecutive years. Then as a school principal Mr. Morales was instrumental in the support and encouragement of Los Angeles County's first elementary school Mariachi group at his school. The "Rayitos de Sol" were the opening act at the "Summer Mariachi Festival at the Hollywood Bowl for two consecutive years. Mr. Morales in his work as the state president of the Association of Mexican American Educators worked closely with Cesar Chavez in the development of the UFW/AMAE farm workers educational curriculum. This curriculum provided thousands of Californian students with the history, struggles and successes of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.
It was in 1994 when Alex made a professional career move to Long Beach California that his interest in Cambodia developed. Here in Long Beach Alex became acquainted with the Cambodian American community and made many Cambodian American friends.
In 2004 Mr. Morales embarked on a short ten-day vacation to Cambodia. Here at the encouragement of some of his friends he visited an NGO ESL school in the city of Phnom Penh. It was at this school that he met some of the Cambodian teachers, the students, and the staff. He visited and spoke in the classrooms, purchased some rice and noodles and traveled four hours out of the city to impoverished rural villages to deliver the rice and noodles. He also met a young girl named Chanpheany Ty from the school who asked him to adopt her as his Cambodia daughter. This was Alex first and last vacation to Cambodia. Since that time he has returned seven times, but never as a tourist, but as a humanitarian where he, his family, and friends provide, rice, noodles, literature, medical supplies and educational consulting services.
Mr. Morales is honored to be part of "Hearts Without Boundaries Board of Directors and has promised to support the mission of the organization.
- Ann Curry
- Susan Friedman
- Neng Log Yee
- Heang Ung
- Amanda Prom