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Priscilla Portillo

Position: Math Teacher
School: Edinburg High School
School District: Edinburg ECISD
City, State: Edinburg, TX


Priscilla Portillo was nominated by a parent, Lorena Lopez.

Ms. Portillo wasn't only nominated for helping Ms. Lopez's son advance in calculus - she was also nominated for inspiring countless students throughout her years at Edinburg High School.

"As I heard students speak of her, I was astounded! As the valedictorian spoke in her commencement speech, I was shocked to hear just how much Ms. Portillo had influenced even her." Lopez said. "She helped my son and many other students advance to the top of their math class. In my opinion, she has proven her ability to make a profound difference in the lives of students. Her positive attitude has created an exciting environment that has helped with the overall development of the school's atmosphere. She has an excellent reputation with staff and students that is friendly, yet professional." 

Ms. Portillo has made her students feel and believe that they can face any academic challenge. She is committed to helping her students achieve their highest goals. She empowers and loves each one of her student, encouraging them to never give up on their potential.

"I truly believe she will continue to touch the lives of students and help inspire them to make their greatest dreams come true," Lopez said.


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Comments (46)


Sonia Posted 1 months ago

Priscilla is a very talented and dedicated teacher. When you hear her talk about her students and how they have progressed you can see the joy in her eyes. She puts so much into her students and she genuinely cares for their them.

Ceci Posted 3 months ago

It's great to see that Priscilla's hard work and dedication as a teacher has been acknowledged. My sister as a child always dreamed of being a teacher and a great teacher she has become. She dedicates many hours planning for her students and even stays late making sure her students understand the material. She is normally the last teacher to leave the school in her wing. She not only helps them with math problems but also personal problems that they may be going through at the time. She is not only a teacher but a counselor at the same time for she is always there to help her students. I just want to say "Thank You" to Ms. Lopez, for nominating Priscilla Portillo, for she saw what we, her family members have always seen, her hard work and dedication to her students and her school. Priscilla Portillo is currently a dual enrollment teacher, teaching both High School and college curriculum with STC & Edinburg High School we are so proud and honored to have her been nominated for this life changer award.

Terrie Portillo Posted 3 months ago

I've known Priscilla Portillo for 26 years. You see she is my sister in law. I recall when she was graduating from high school. I would encourage her to become a pharmacist so that she could make good money. Priscilla told me she wasn't interested in money. She wanted to teach. She wanted to become a teacher. I understand now what Priscilla was ment to be, a teacher. Her eyes light up when she talks about helping her students. She becomes so involved in her work that she comes home late every school day. Priscilla doesnt just help her students with school work but with life events. She has compasion for those students that are having hardship in their lives. She goes beyond what is expected from a teacher. Priscilla Portillo is an excellent teacher, mentor, and friend to those that are privileged to know her.

Ethan Portillo Posted 3 months ago

I may be biased being Ms. Priscilla Portillo's nephew, but all the same, she has been a great influence in my life. She is an inspiration and role model for all that know her. If it wasn't for her tutoring in mathematics I would not be where I am today, in an M.S. program in Medical Geography, at the University of North Texas. Most of my cousins have been tutored by her as well at one point or another. Since a young age, she has been passionate about education and mathematics. A passion that is observable to all that know her through the hours spent aiding her students long after the last bell of the day. I urge you to take a long look at the many earnest comments that are to follow. Priscilla exemplifies the type of educator and life changer I believe you are looking for.

Rogelio Portillo Posted 3 months ago

She helped get me through calculus when I thought I was done and couldn't get through with the class.

Victor Alanis Posted 3 months ago

She has been a great teacher and has helped me no just in math but in my personal life. She is a great mentor and hes helped me get up when im down. She has been a great, motivator for me to pursue my love for mathematics through architecture. She has showed me how there are no limits in goals or dreams as long as u work hard for them and don't give up on them. She should be nominated for that and so much more. Just as she has touched my life in an outstanding way, so has she for many other students to help change their lives and return to the path of reaching success through education by doing the means of what we love and what we would become.

Mikey Posted 3 months ago

She awesome she rock the the number one Teacher !!!

Roel Posted 3 months ago

I have heard so many good things about this teacher and glad it’s getting put out there!

Marco Portillo Posted 3 months ago

Priscilla Portillo truly deserves to be nominated for she is so unselfish and kind and the biggest reason why I believe there are still genuine people among us. She is not only my aunt but my big sister she always guided me and all my siblings to do good and to thrive for more. When ever I or anyone needed her from homework or a listening ear she was always there and took time from her busy life to help with what ever we needed. I honestly do believe that she deserves this nomination and to be among the finalist for this award. We love you prissy and very proud of you and you will always be our life changer.

Marco Portillo Posted 3 months ago

Priscilla Portillo truly deserves to be nominated for she is so unselfish and kind and the biggest reason why I believe there are still genuine people among us. She is not only my aunt but my big sister she always guided me and all my siblings to do good and to thrive for more. When ever I or anyone needed her from homework or a listening ear she was always there and took time from her busy life to help with what ever we needed. I honestly do believe that she deserves this nomination and to be among the finalist for this award. We love you prissy and very proud of you and you will always be our life changer.

Abel Mercado Posted 3 months ago

WONDERFUL TEACHER

Cristina Raya Posted 3 months ago

Miss Portillo excels of what is expected from a teacher. I met her my sophomore year of high school and instantly saw the dedication she put into our class. She cares for every single one of her students and is such a great teacher. She made my love for math grow even more than what it already was.

Frances Truman Posted 3 months ago

She not only believed in me when no one else did but she pushed me to be absolutely great taught me what life is really about and what I need to know she has a math teacher yes but she also sat with us every day willing to help with English history and sciences I remember many late nights at school and her teaching us how to determine projectiles for our physics class She was always honest and didn't sugarcoat much of anything if you fails you fails you passed you passed she will try her hardest to make sure we succeeded I couldn't avast for a better teacher for my four years of high school thank you Priscilla Love Frances

Ruben Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Portillo is the greates teacher. She believed in me when others did'nt, because of her support I was able to accomplishe many of my goals. She is an important pearson in my life, and i will always be thankful to her.

Kayla Bustillos Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Portillo will always be an impactful teacher, who truly cares for her students, and does not fail to show that. It comes naturally to her, she knows what she’s doing, and continues to do it in a way that students understand. Students respect and appreciate the wonderful teacher she is, because she has the qualities students look for in a teacher. She’s the kind of teacher/professor students don’t forget.

Ianelli Rodriguez Posted 3 months ago

She is an awesome teacher she has helped me know who i am and how the world around us can be used with calculus and she help me so much to learn what it takes to achieve our goals with math

Valeria Chong Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo was my college algebra/trigonometry teacher when i was only a sophomore at Edinburg High. It was a challenging course but she helped Ad guided me every step of the way making sure i understood the material. Now as a graduate from EHS and the Early College program i still find myself coming back to her for help in my advanced maths that i currently take in college. And she always welcomes me with open arms in her classroom once again. I appreciate her willingness to help students succeed in their education and future careers. She has truly changed my life for the better and for that i will forever be grateful

Wendy Rosales Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo definitely deserves this award!

Monica Alvarez Posted 3 months ago

She was my teacher for my Sophomore (2013-2014), Junior (2014-2015) and Senior (2015-2016) years. She had this passion for what she did in the classroom and you could see it for yourself. Besides of her kind spirit, she is a very hardworking woman; I remember she would stay after school almost everyday to get ahead for the next day, and mostly to help those students that needed the extra help for her passion, math.

Celia Torres Posted 3 months ago

For the past year I have been going frequently to Ms. portillos class I myself am not a student, but even so my friends have her and all I hear them talking about is how an amazing teacher she is. Even if I’m not her student she has helped me with a problem here and there that I need help on. She is such an amazing person. She’s helped my friends so much not just with school work but with outside problems as well she is truly and incredible person.

Fabian Garcia Posted 3 months ago

I can't this wonderful lady a teacher but a role model. She has not only allowed me to fall in love with math, but has shown me that life has so much to offer. I realized that high school wasn't always going to be around and she taught me that I need to rely on myself and excel in everything I do. Because of HER, I am a first generation college student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Leilany R. Posted 3 months ago

Much love for you Portillo! Thank you for being such and amazing teacher and inspiration to my life!

Nicholas Mercado Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo was such an inspiring teacher to me. Not only did she do her job well, but she pushed forward barriers to students paths. She was always the one to go the extra mile!

Emily Lopez Posted 3 months ago

Very sweet teacher! She's the reason i started liking math again after having a bad experience in my previous year. Not only did she help me academically but she also gave amazing advice.

Rebecca Padron Posted 3 months ago

She deserves this award

Melanie Solis Posted 3 months ago

She is the most amazing and caring person in the world. She really has impacted EACH and EVERY one of her studnets, including myself. She makes sure you get it and doesnt find quitting an excuse. Love her to peices

Yadira I. Garcia Rodriguez Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is and always will be the best teacher I’ve ever had. She’s a great motivator and an astounding friend to have. Math was a tough subject for me all my life until I had her as my math teacher. The greatest, the best, that’s Ms. Portillo.

Damaris Cervantes Posted 3 months ago

Portillo has never been easy on us. She always said this life would be a challenge. I thank her for that because every example she gave, every word of advice helped me become the person I am today ?? I love you Me. Portillo!! And here's a little something to give back to you !!

Julissa balderas Posted 3 months ago

Teachers like Ms. Portillo are rare, Students don't always get lucky with a teacher as determined and supportive as Ms. Portillo. While other teachers may be helpful, Ms. Portillo is helpful but also willing to go the extra mile for her students. She spends hours before and after school tutoring students who need help, and She helps out any student regardless whether they're her student or not. When You walk into her room you immediately see a room eager to learn, but it's not until you turn to see her with a spark in her eyes that you realize "wow this teacher really cares about her students."

Juan Raya Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is honestly the best professor and high school teacher I have had. She was always there willing to help me and my fellow classmates out. If there is anyone that deserves this award, it is her.

Priscilla Quezada Posted 3 months ago

As a former High School student, who had the privilege of meeting Ms. Portillo, I can assure you that she is the right person for this award. Ms. Portillo, is not only an amazing teacher, she is also an amazing friend. She takes her time to make sure her students are understanding the work. She has dedicated many of her after school hours to students who are struggling with math just to help them out. Ms. Portillo is not just a teacher, she's also someone who you can talk to. She supports her students by helping them academically, listening to them, and doing her best to attend their events. This amazing woman has a great personality that transmits to her students in such a positive way. Most importantly, she has faith in all of her student, because she knows that they are capable of accomplishing great things in life.

Teresa Vasquez Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo was my teacher my Junior year of high school and she had so much support for us. She spent countless hours doing tutoring for us and trying to be with us every Saturday she possibly could. She would always ask us if we needed help with anything and even when she saw those struggling who were afraid to ask for help she'd go up to them and help them without them even having to ask her. I want to pursue a career in Mathematics and she told me that I can come up to her if I ever need help. She has inspired many of us even those who struggle in math. And she is an amazing teacher and any student that gets to have her as their teacher is very lucky.

Ty Morin Posted 3 months ago

I was Ms. Portillo’s College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Geometry class throughout my high school experience and I have to say she has been the most inspiring teacher I had. She had taught me so much and made math so much fun and easy to learn. She will spend time tutoring kids and giving her Saturday’s to teaching and helping them learn and improve their skills in there math classes. To this day precious students of hers still come in asking for assistance and tutoring in their college class. Ms. Portillo is truly the best candidate for Life changer of the Year Award.

Brandon Lopez Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo has been one of the best most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. She’s been there for me since the day I met her and I’m so grateful that I get to work hand in hand with her. She’s been my sponsor for the Math National Honor Society for a few years now and now being president of the organization, I’m able to see how dedicated she is not only to us members, but on her students and fellow staff.

Valeria Hernandez Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Portillo has been an outstanding teacher.As u walk in her classroom u can feel the positive vibes flowing around in wanting to succeed. She gives us determination and teaches ur to never give up no matter how big the problem is.

Marlen G. Rosales Posted 3 months ago

Ms.Portillo is a great math teacher ,math wasnt my strongest subject but when i was in her class it was all very well explained .She has patience and her teaching makes it a great school environment. Have nothing to say but but just how great of a motivational teacher she is and I always will conside her a math genius for her ways of knowing so much on it ????

Allen Valdez Posted 3 months ago

You’ll win this no doubt

Geovancci Rios Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is the best teacher i have ever had. No amount of words can describe how great of a teacher she is. I wouldnt be where i am today if it wasnt for her.

Jennifer Escobedo Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is the best teacher I had in high school. Not only would she teach math but if it came to anything personal she would be there to help us & give advice. She stayed after school everyday for a good 2 or 3 hours. If anyone deserves this award it needs to be her!

Emily Vega Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is the absolute best teacher that we all have ever had. Not only did she make me feel comfortable asking questions in class, but she served as an amazing mentor as well. I cannot fathom how obvious it is that she genuinely cares for her students not only as students in her class, but also for the people that we become with the help of her support, and words of encouragement. Hands down best teacher, her passion for teaching shows. You should see how many of us still go to EHS just to visit her from all our different universities!!!

Kathleen Zamora Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo was my teacher when I was a freshman. She has helped me gained a greater understanding in math. Not only that, she was also there for me when I told her about my medical condition. When I was in a wheelchair and had to miss a day of school, she helped me catch up in the lesson for her class.

Cassandra Lopez Posted 3 months ago

Miss Portillo is not only one of the best math teachers I have ever had but she is also a great friend. Without her advice and encouragement, I wouldn't have taken the Calculus AB course. She believes and supports her students immensely. That is why she deserves such an amazing recognition.

Cassandra Lopez Posted 3 months ago

Miss Portillo is not only one of the best math teachers I have ever had but she is also a great friend. Without her advice and encouragement, I wouldn't have taken the Calculus AB course. She believes and supports her students immensely. That is why she deserves such an amazing recognition.

Leslye Rios Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo is a wonderful teacher words cannot explain how much she puts effort into everything she does for her students. As a former student of hers I have never met such a teacher like Ms. Portillo she is one of a kind she deserves this award because my words do not do her justice for her excellent job as a teacher!

Michael lopez Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Portillo has assisted me in my high school years. Just when I couldn’t understand a certain topic. Ms. Portillo would be that little push we all need to understand and pass. She was a excellent teacher and friend who also helped me into college. Ms. Portillo stays late everyday after school to study the new material, so she can teach it to us so we can exceed at it!

Nicole Lopez Posted 3 months ago

As a former student of Ms. Priscilla Portillo, I can assure you that she deserves this nomination so much! Without her encouragement and support I wouldn’t be where I am today. She is the person who you can talk to about math as well as anything else going on in your life, good or bad. She was one of the few people who listened to me about any academic doubts I had and personal ones. She has always inspired me and I am so glad she is getting the recognition she deserves!