it is truly an honor and humbling experience to be the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year for Alfonso R. Ramirez Elementary. Privileged to be bestowed with this acknowledgement by my esteemed colleagues, a blessing all are worthy of, it is with great pride and joy that I represent. This honor I humbly share with my colleague and partner in crime, Coach B. Kennan, for you a true blessing.
Twenty-seven years in education and thousands of shoelaces tied, the affect my students have had on me is immeasurable. My inspiration comes from the children. The frail little boy with muscular dystrophy, tripping and struggling to balance himself. A gleaming smile without a worry trying his best to be like the rest. The strong willed girl who uses crutches to get around. Nothing stops her determination. Her handicap does not get in the way. The cutest little girl sharing my mother's namesake. Surviving the ordeals of cancer courageously. Being tougher that I will ever be. I can only hope that I inspired them to achieve the unimaginable. The greatest compliment a teacher can receive is that you made a difference in a child's life by inspiring them to be their best.
I would like to tak this opportunity to thank my mother for exemplifying determination and faith. My family, Sandra, Joshua and Kevyn, thank you for supporting, sacrificing and believing in me... Mil Gracias!!!