Fremont High history teacher Kenia Gomez didn't have much of a summer break. Neither did her students on the school's Academic Decathlon team. They spent three days a week on the South Los Angeles campus, prepping for next year's competition.
Last spring, the squad finished in 13th place in the Los Angeles Unified contest — just out of the running for a spot in the state finals. That's not bad for a team that placed 47th three years ago.
At the contest finale, Gomez was voted coach of the year by teachers supervising the district's other decathlon teams. "My kids; they're the ones who did the work," Gomez said. "They made me look good."