A former teaching partner shared this about Angelina,
She makes school a joyful, life-affirming experience for her students, blending language, music, dance, culture, visual arts, science, social studies, history, math and inspiring quotations to stimulate her students to discover their talents, believe in themselves and grow as learners and as human beings. – Anne Zerrien-Lee
She nurtures in her students the understanding that they are all special and unique beings with talents to share with others. Her quest is to help each child discover the special gifts that they have to offer to the world.
The impact that I would like to have on my students is that through our exchange, they will have learned that their life is irreplaceable and they must dedicate themselves to develop and find out what contribution they are supposed to make to the world, in this lifetime.
One of the gifts that they all will have when completing the dual language program at Aldama ES is the gift of bi-literacy. A gift that will set them on the road to being citizens of the world. A place where their experiences of developing a second language and cultural sensitivity will help them to cooperate with and respect people and to work together to create a peaceful and harmonious society.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Sáenz has served in various capacities that include grant writing for various grants that were awarded, as a consultant for various entities, as a presenter at various professional conferences, as well as special training and certification. These have contributed to rounding out the model teacher who is highly respected amongst her students, their families, peers and administrators.
We congratulate September’s Teacher of the month for her dedication and accomplishments as an educator.
Language is a metacognitive process in my classroom. By looking at the idiosyncrasies of language, such as gender in the Spanish language, the implications of text translation and comparing the features of English and Spanish, my student’s realize that because they are biliterate, they get to engage with the world through multiple lenses, with sensitivity and cultural understanding.