John P. Santos, age 63, of Los Angeles, California passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022. John was born March 25, 1958 in California. John taught Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-focused classes in South Central Los Angeles for over 28 years. John and his brother and sister all worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He supported 8 local and 6 international robotics programs, including FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX IQ Challenge. John was an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Craig Sipes, STEAM Coordinator, Local District East, LAUSD:
“John was a STEM education giant in LAUSD, especially for his students in South LA. John worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for his students in the Hawkins HS community and his prior school community, Manual Arts HS. I have had the honor of working with John for 20 years and there was no one more dedicated to his students and the community.”
Patricia K. Hanson, Principal, Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy @ Roosevelt High School, and former Principal, Critical Design and Gaming School, Augustus F. Hawkins High School, LAUSD:
“His impact will be felt in LAUSD and in the Robotics/Engineering/CTE world for generations. I grew so much by working with him at Hawkins and through all of the endeavors that he included me in. I will always have a smile on my face when I think of him; while my heart is sad, my spirit is inspired by his legacy.”
Bio, Articles, Awards and Recognitions compiled by his Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA) students:
Funeral service: Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, California 90601.
Obituary, Memories, and Photos:
Robert Santos and Anna Santos, John’s brother and sister:
"John would not want flowers, gifts or any cards but would want something set up to help his students to continue their education after high school. We are trying to set up a foundation to get a scholarship set-up for students at Hawkins and Manual Arts that may need some financial assistance after they graduate. Just like my brother wanted to assure that all the grant money went his robotic projects, we want to assure that the money goes to the students of the robotic community at Manual Arts and Hawkins."
Recorded donors will be notified of scholarship recipients.
a. By check payable to:
Los Angeles Robotics
ATTN: LeRoy Nelson, Treasurer
1457 3rd Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Please include “Scholarship” on the memo line
Donation receipt provided by Los Angeles Robotics, a 501(c)(3) charity
b. By credit card, debit card, or electronic check via PayPal Giving Fund:
Donation receipt provided by PayPal Giving Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity