Child Development instructor retiring after 40 years

By Steven Adamo Child Development instructor Martha Gayton will join her husband Joseph Gayton in retirement this semester after 40 years at East Los Angeles College. “I gave him two years of his coffee and his donut and now it’s my turn,” said Gayton with a laugh. Joseph became a teacher’s assistant at East Los Angeles College in 1975 and later became a teacher. The couple started dating in 1984,…

May 25, 2017

ELAC child development student dies unexpectedly

By Dorany Pineda  Damien Benson, a student studying child development at East Los Angeles College, died of a heart attack due to undiagnosed coronary heart disease in his home the night of March 19. Raeanna Gleason, assistant English professor, remembers her fall semester’s class as one of the best she’s ever taught, and it was largely because of Benson. “[Damien] was a wonderful, amazing student,” Gleason said. “He always brought…

April 12, 2017

Renteria mobilized to help disabled

By Zuvanny Macias Alexandra Renteria, a child development major, has been deeply affected by people with disabilities throughout her life. Since her childhood, Renteria has been around people who have various disabilities. This has impacted her greatly and influenced her decision to become a special needs teacher. When Renteria was young, she met a girl with severe autism who couldn’t talk or function on her own. Not only has Renteria…

May 20, 2015

Child Development Center sets to sail

By Rebecca Figueroa   After working 35 years at the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center, Director Michael Simone is set to retire on June 30. He will have a retirement party at the Child Development Center next Wednesday to celebrate his years on campus and his years to come. Simone said he plans to fish and sail more after he retires, but has mixed emotions about leaving the job…

May 22, 2013