TEACHER HERO: JAIME ESCALANTE
by Brandy from Raleigh
What is a hero? A hero may be defined as something different to different people. To some, a hero may simply be someone who was there for him or her at a certain place and time. To someone else, a hero might be someone who attempted to save the world. To me, Jaime Escalante was a hero in a simpler way. His perseverance outshined above all and his determination inspired others to accomplish great things.
Jaime Escalante was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He first started teaching physics and mathematics. He taught there for 9 years but then wanted to move away to the United States and teach here. He attended the Universidad of Puerto Rico where he chose to take science and math classes. He longed to teach in America, but, being from Bolivia, he could not speak English. His love of teaching encouraged him to go back to school and learn English in order to be able to teach in America. Escalante also chose to study at Pasadena City College to earn a degree in electronics. He took a day job, and continued studying in order to get a mathematics degree. It took Jaime eight years to achieve his goals and teach in the U.S.
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