Position: Fourth Grade Bilingual Teacher
School: Patrick Henry Elementary School
School District: Long Beach Unified School District
City, State: Long Beach, CA
Sylvia Padilla was nominated by a parent of a student, Jan Wilson.
Since 1991, Ms. Padilla has sacrificed and gone above, beyond, and then some to create the Bilingual Dual Immersion program at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Long Beach. The way she cares without knowing someone's watching as she deals with these young children is heartwarming. Ms. Padilla is also involved with the Ballet Folkloric after school program.
She has received many awards throughout the years, even being recognized by the White House, but it is truly never enough. The money she receives are always put towards benefiting the children.
"My son is now bi-literate, in major part because of Senora Padilla's work. Our family will never forget this priceless gift, and she and her program continue to change lives," said Wilson.