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Maria Sinapuelas

Position: Librarian
School: Graciela Garcia Elementary School
School District: Pharr San Juan Alamo ISD
City, State: Pharr, TX

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Maria Sinapuelas was nominated by her colleague, Nora Galvan.

Mrs. Sinapuelas teaches at an IB (International Baccalaureate) campus as a librarian.  This is where she takes the lead in helping students with up-to-date technology, digital library access, academic research, literary instructional skills, and many more activities to prepare them for 21st century learning. Students enjoy visiting the library and are ready to start the research projects assigned. 

Mrs. Sinapuelas invites community members, parents, district administrators, and teachers to engage in promotional learning activities that develop a positive, interactive atmosphere within the school and library. She embraces learning by celebrating national events and using such events as instructional tools for learning. 

Mrs. Sinapuelas shares her knowledge with teachers at the district level. Together with fellow librarians, she trained middle and high school, math, science and social studies teachers in the use of instructional resources, eBooks, practice tests for: TSI, ACT, GRE, and many more practice tests to help parents, teachers, students and community members. She is a leader at the district level by being a part of a district library curriculum writing committee. In this group, she is able to share her expertise to correlate library curriculum with district content area curriculum. This helps students be on the same page in both the classroom and library.

"Mrs. Sinapuelas is admired and respected by her colleagues, parents, teachers, and administrators for her moral and ethical values. She is well deserving of this honor," said Galvan.



Comments (12)


Juanita Castillo Posted 3 days ago

Mrs. Sinapuelas is someone loved and respected at G. Garcia Elem. she is always trying to find different and new technology not only for us but for our students. She is constantly involved with our students before, during and after school. I think she is one of the most dedicated persons i know always finding exciting ways to interest students reading experiences.

Janette Perez Posted 5 days ago

In the time I've worked with Mrs. Sinapuelas, I've known her to be remarkably active and dedicated to her school and community!. She knows each and every student in the entire campus by heart and that greatly admirable.

Nadine Guajardo Posted 6 days ago

Sheila is a mover and a shaker. She is a strong, determined and dedicated librarian who always strives to bring out the best in her colleagues and students. Sheila has changed my life for the better through her example and support.

Sylvia Posted 7 days ago

Sheila has been an amazing individual who has taught me a lot iwith her experience with technolog and resources. She has come into our classrooms with her knowledge of showing us what we can use to make it easier for us to help our students to do research with all her expertise. Not only is she knowledgeable, but she has a loving heart for all our students. Your super amazing Mrs Sinapuelas!

Margarita S García Posted 10 days ago

Way to go Mrs Sinapuelas!!!! My daughter Ana Paola went through elementary having Mrs Sinapuelas at the library. Such a good positive energetic lady, Mrs Sinapuelas is sweet and happy . Always in good disposition to listen and serve kids as well as parents. Thank you Mrs Sinapuelas! Well deserved!

Karen Jalife Posted 11 days ago

I was fortunate enough to have Mrs.Sinapuelas as my librarian during elementary school. She taught me to fall in love with literature while discovering what interested me the most, science. She is one of those individuals that helped shape my educational career since elementary and kept molding it even when I was in middle school and high school. I am now completing my senior year at The University of Texas at San Antonio and receiving my Bachelors Degree in Biology. If it hadn’t been for such a great role model and mentor like Mrs. Sinapuelas, my dedication and love for learning would have taken a lot longer to develop. This is my way of saying thank you to her and paying it back. Best wishes!

María Salinas Posted 11 days ago

Mrs. Sinapuelas is an amazing librarian that is always on the lookout for new innovative ideas to help children learn. She does more than required and goes beyond her duties to provide all children with new technology skills that are needed for the 21st century learner. Her passion about books is transmitted in all her lessons and her competitiveness to always be the best is contagious. She has done many wonderful things for our children in our campus. We are so proud of you Sheila Sinapuelas. You deserve this!

Yolanda castillo Posted 11 days ago

I was inspired to change my life by how she exhibited so much compassion for our students.

Cynthia Martinez Posted 11 days ago

She changed my sons life. He has ADHD & she has been nothing but positive & nice to him. He has come a long way all cause of a loving Librarian who loves the kids like her own.

Flor Alfaro Posted 11 days ago

Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination. I am feeling so much joy for you today. What an impressive achievement! You are a proof that good things comes to those who are willing to help someone before themselves. You’ve earned every bit of success because you have touch so many lives through the love of reading.

Oneida Reyes Posted 11 days ago

I’m very grateful to have met Ms. Sinapuelas at Garcia Elementary, she has been a great support for my son Rolando. She’s always going that extra mile for him, doing beyond and above into helping him choose the right books that he will enjoy reading! Thank you Ms. Sinapuelas for everything you do, showing students the love for Reading!! You are awesome! Way to go! PsjaProud

Flor Alfaro Posted 11 days ago

Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination. I am feeling so much joy for you today. What an impressive achievement! You are a proof that good things comes to those who are willing to help someone before themselves. You’ve earned every bit of success because you have touch so many lives through the love of reading.