I have had the pleasure of knowing Rayna Laiosa since 1988. She was a student in my US History I class at Hawthorne High School. A conscientious individual, Rayna always presented herself as a hard-working, dedicated learner, who did well in her studies. The following year as a member of the Hawthorne Environmental Committee, I had the opportunity to again work with Rayna as the student secretary to the Committee (at that time it was not a Commission). Rayna demonstrated great maturity for her age, motivation to be involved in the Hawthorne community, and a desire to pursue an education in environmental studies. Most of all, as a teenager, Rayna demonstrated a sensitivity to people and a quest to move Hawthorne forward on all fronts, not only environmentally.
Rayna did move forward; she received a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.E. in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She continued her involvement in the Hawthorne Environmental Committee and was part of the transition to the Hawthorne Environmental Commission. Today she is the Chairperson; and always demonstrating an impressive professionalism in all the work she does.
Because I see Rayna as an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable young woman, who is always quick on her feet, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances, I feel confident in saying that she can handle any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity. She has the experience of chairing the Hawthorne Environmental Commission, Green Team, and was a trustee of the Hawthorne Board of Education. Now in November, Rayna can move Hawthorne forward as a member of the Hawthorne Council.
How proud I am of Rayna for all her accomplishments in her life thus far with more to come. This student has become this teacher’s teacher!
Retired Teacher and Administrator of the Hawthorne School District