On Friday, August 9, 2019, PUENTE colleagues shared a goodbye luncheon for long-time teacher, Mrs. Irene Ortiz. Irene has been with PUENTE for 34 years and is the first teacher to join the organization. Irene began her career as an educator in Boyle Heights more than 45 years ago at Breed St. Elementary. In 1985 Irene joined PUENTE’s founder, Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, in creating the foundation for PUENTE as a family-oriented, multi-generational educational organization.

Irene Ortiz leaves a legacy of love, warmth, and compassion. Irene’s daughter, Mrs. Diana Juarez, a Dean for PUENTE Charter School, continues her legacy as will all PUENTE staff, present, and future.

Thank you, Irene, for all you have given to the Boyle Heights community.