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Mike Tran

Position: Principal
School: QTD Military Style Learning Academy
School District: QTD Military Style Learning Academy
City, State: Garden Grove, CA

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Mike Tran was nominated by an anonymous member of the community.

Mr. Tran is such a positive leader. He is always passionate about serving his community, especially low-income families and single parents.  Not a day goes by that he doesn't fight for the rights of his students.  He is continually seeking grants for students and helping them find positive solutions to paying for college. He volunteers his time to mentor students on personal and professional development.

Mr. Tran is currently serving in the United States Army Reserves, and 100% of his military pay goes towards buying supplies for his students and staff. He doesn't mind the long hours, nor does he care about the out of pocket expenses.

"Selfless service is the main phrase I'd use to describe Mike and his principles of life," said his nominator. "Over the years, Mike has created numerous new programs in the community and within the school that have been beneficial for students currently in special education, or families unable to afford an after-school program to supplement their child's learning. Thousands of students have graduated his program and have gone on to top universities or military academy through his support and mentorship. He is a believer, a do-er, and a passionate leader."