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Sylvia Padilla

Position: Fourth Grade Bilingual Teacher
School: Patrick Henry Elementary School
School District: Long Beach Unified School District
City, State: Long Beach, CA

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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.



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Martha Marquez Posted 2 months ago

Señora Padilla was never the teacher of my grandson at Patrick Henry, he’s already in 7th Grade, but she had him in her group of Folklorico twice. When he was in 3rd Grade , he was having some problems with Math and some personal issues. Señora Padilla came to the rescue and helped him so much. The first time she had him in folklorico , my grandson was in first Grade. She left a very special impression on him that created a Beautiful connection that helped my grandson in a wonderful way. She was, is and always will be someone important in Christian’s life. Thank you ?? is not enough for this Amazing, Kind, Beautiful and Wonderful Teacher ??