Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Having taught for 33 years in the Long Beach Unified School District, Larry Acterman is remembered as a dedicated social studies teacher and mentor. A tireless advocate for public education, he championed improvements in the public school system at the local, regional and national levels. To honor their father’s lifelong commitment to public education, his children Steve Acterman and Amy (Acterman) Tenderich established the Larry Acterman Public Education Award (LAPEA) as a permanently-endowed scholarship fund at the Orange County Community Foundation, with the goal of encouraging and supporting students interested in pursuing a career as a California public school teacher.