Luis Viveros was nominated by his colleague, Stacy Munoz.
Mr. Viveros and Ms. Munoz have had the privilege of working together for the past three years. She considers him the best teacher she knows. Mr. Viveros has been teaching for 15 years and is currently a special education teacher in a program specializes in transitioning special education students back into the general education setting. There isn’t a disability or behavior that he hasn't experienced throughout the years.
"I have had the privilege of working with Luis in both middle school and elementary school settings," Munoz said. "His kindness is matched only by his passion for what he does. Every parent has only had words of praise for him in the time I’ve come to work alongside him. His students come from a wide array of educational and economic backgrounds. Luis has a unique gift to quickly adapt, modify and accommodate each student he has encountered.
Mr. Viveros starts every morning by telling his students that every decision he makes in the classroom is for their growth and benefit.
"I have lost count of the days he has come in early and stayed late," Munoz said. "He comes in sick and never complains. I couldn’t tell you how much of his paycheck goes right back into the classroom without hesitation. He makes himself available to parents, families and anyone who needs him. It is truly amazing to watch someone cultivate the perfect blend of academics, support and fun!"
"He is truly an unspoken hero and the most humble person I have ever had the privilege of meeting," Munoz said. "He treats the custodians with the same respect he would treat the President of our nation."