Hudson resident Sandra Maiuri has been named a 2022 Latino Excellence Award recipient by the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus. Nominated by Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) for her commitment to English language learners in the Hudson community, Sandra was honored in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, October 13.
Held during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latino Excellence Awards celebrate Latino leaders, trailblazers and changemakers throughout the Commonwealth. Nominated for the work she does to help non-English speaking families integrate with their community, Sandra Maiuri has helped hundreds of families become better assimilated in Hudson.
As the Spanish Family Liaison for Hudson Public Schools, Sandra manages the translation services and interpretation needs of the school – ensuring that all events, meetings, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, extracurricular events and many other functions have interpreters on hand for families who need them. Sandra created a course for English Learner families, called Padres Compremetidos, that helps family members understand what their children are learning in school. She also volunteered to be part of a committee that selected and implemented a new social-emotional curriculum in Hudson schools; she leads professional development and family outreach on it. Sandra has also spearheaded The Holiday Coalition, a local group that centralizes and administers giving to needy families in the Hudson community for the holiday season. In 2019, the Coalition provided gifts, clothing and food baskets to 150 families with 300 children.
“Sandra is a community leader who makes a difference in the lives of English Learners,” said Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “From her years of experience, she has developed a keen understanding and effective vision for bringing needed resources to English Learners and matches that with a personal touch so that families know they are valued. She is the person our local community turns to for ideas about how to better serve our growing English Language Learner population.”