When we review applicants for the Dual Language Teacher of the Month award, we often review what their colleagues, students, and superiors have to say about them. Our February Teacher of the Month, Marylou Escobar, stood out because of the care, generosity, and passion for her profession that her peers so clearly identify. Angela Palmeri, our first Dual Language Teacher of the Month, nominated Marylou for her excellence. Marylou is the co-founder of the Spanish Dual Immersion Program where she teaches, and has been in the educational field for over 35 years. She began her career as a bilingual teacher's assistant at Cal State University Northridge and has been a bilingual educator ever since. She has taught Adult ESL classes, TK through Middle school, however, most of her teaching years have been in kindergarten. Kindergarten is an incredibly important year in beginning Dual Language success, and this is why we are so excited to announce Marylou as our February Teacher of the Month!
My most important goal each year is to mold my classroom into a community! I am proud to say I have contributed to the building of 32 class communities!- Marylou Escobar
MaryLou Escobar first saw her potential to be an educator when she was in third grade. Her teacher, Mrs. Riboli was an inspiration to her because of the care and attention she provided Marylou. Mrs. Riboli knew Marylou was a struggling student, and took it upon herself to tutor her after school. Because of this personalized attention, Marylou became a confident student, and knew she would go on to be a teacher to help students reach their full potential, just as Mrs. Riboli did for her.
"If I can have the impact that my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Riboli, had on me, I will consider my career a success!"
Marylou began her teaching career at John Muir Elementary, which was just beginning their first Spanish Dual Language Program. After she participated in two interviews and a demonstration lesson in Spanish, she was hired to develop the first Spanish Dual Immersion Program for the school, along with co-founding teacher, Ms. Angela Palmeri (Dual Language Teacher of the Month January, 2017- our first ever!)
"My favorite part of being a teacher is participating in my students' school journey. Every year, I have the immense honor and privilege of witnessing my students' academic learning but most importantly to help them discover things about themselves and their unique talents."
"Another of my favorite parts of being a teacher is working collaboratively with my fellow teachers. My current fellow dual colleagues are some of the hardest working, dedicated, teachers I have the privilege to work with. Creating and developing a program together has been and continues to be one of the highlights of my professional career!"
Throughout her career, she has practiced the philosophy, which she coined, "Sharing the Wealth". It means that she believes that all educators have the responsibility to share what they know with other educators so that they can better educate students, whether in the classroom or outside with their families and loved ones.
Sharing love is the ONLY way to make a difference!- Marylou Escobar