WOOOOOHOOOOOO we did it!!
Allison Tutoring just won Senator Ricardo Laura’s Excellence in Business Award 2015 for the city of Lakewood!
The Senator was “looking for the next crop of amazing business owners that represent the best of the 33rd Senate District”, and we are so honored that upon receiving nominations from both The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, lead by President John Kelsall, and the City of Lakewood, lead by Mayor Jeff Wood, Senator Lara chose ALLISON TUTORING as his awardee.
When I received the first email from the Lakewood Chamber notifying me that they had chosen to nominate us, I cried. When I received the phone call from the City of Lakewood notifying me that they had chose to nominate us, I cried. When I received the phone call from the Senator’s office notifying me that they had chose us as the winners, I cried. So, it was only fitting that when I joined my husband and co-owner, Joshua Castellanos, on stage to receive our (freaking GORGEOUS) trophy and (insanely AWESOME) certificate, that I was a bawling mess.
The truth is, even though the struggle is real to find a single pic where I look the tiniest bit of presentable, I would not have had it any other way. As I looked out into the (super Allison Tutoring-loving-laden) crowd through my blurry haze, my emotions definitely got the better of me… and I am not at all sorry. It really hit me in that moment that the obstacles and challenges that came before, were now making this recognition and celebration all the more sweet and rewarding.
What an honor to represent the community in which I was born, grew up, went to school, started my businesses, and raise my family. Thank you Josh, Bella, and Layla for supporting and encouraging me to always do my best, and still hanging around when I don’t.
I want you, my Allison Tutoring Family, to know that this is JUST THE BEGINNING… We will continue to push the boundaries and challenge everything we are doing. There will be no complacency here. I will continue to learn and grow and up my expectations of just how amazing this place can be, and just how many lives we can change. Thank you for your support and your trust in me with your children.