As the school year is back in session, we are thrilled to nominate a teacher who is admired by so many, and inspired so many students in her community. The September Teacher of the Month, Angelina Sáenz, works from the City of Angels. She is a Fifth grade teacher at Aldama Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School district. The school is located in the neighborhood in which she resides.
Ms. Sáenz was the pioneer who started the dual language program at Aldama ES and has helped it grow and thrive over the past 10 years. She believed so much in the program that her own children have attended the school. Over the course of the program’s existence, it has become so popular that parents camp out overnight to try to get a much coveted spot in the program.
When asked what influenced her to become an educator, a career that has spanned 20 years, Ms. Sáenz’ shared that the writings of Daisaku Ikeda, the founder of the Soka School system were the greatest influence on her career choice. The founder of the system believed that,
Education is the spirit to treasure each student's individuality so that they can become happy and enjoy a glorious future. Education does not exist for the sake of the nation, for business, or for religion. The aim of education is the happiness of oneself and others, as well as society as a whole, and peace for all humanity.
Angelina fully embraces this philosophy and shares it with all who enter her classroom and see the sign that reads, “The purpose of education, is the happiness of children.” As evident in the photographs that she shared, these students look very happy!
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