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Beyond the Bell’s Alvaro Cortés takes his reluctant place in the spotlight

By Melissa Franklin
Senior Marketing Representative
Office of Educational Services

Ask Alvaro Cortés how he feels about being honored as a KNX Hero of the Week for his work to support students, and the 42-year L.A. Unified veteran will growl, “There is no ‘I’ in ‘hero.'”

Instead, the senior executive director of the  Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) will divert the conversation to the District leaders and colleagues who work with him to provide year-round academic enrichment and recreation programs to students of all ages.

“I think it’s a wonderful recognition of the District, of schools, and of teachers – not necessarily of me, but of who I represent,” says Cortés, who has overseen BTB for the last decade.

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