LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Marisa Saldana

Position: 5th grade Bilingual Teacher
School: John Quincy Adams Elementary School
School District: Dallas ISD
City, State: Dallas, TX

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Marisa Saldana was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous.

Marisa is an excellent bilingual teacher who not only teaches the curriculum, but has an understanding of each individual student that walks into her classroom. She has always been heavily involved in each students' education, treating her students like they are her own. She often says that every child is someone's world, and that she will help them succeed. She holds high expectations for her students and believes they are all capable of pursuing a college degree.  "I have rarely met a teacher with so much patience, perseverance and dedication for her profession," the nominator said.

Marisa has great leadership skills. "It has always been her priority to be involved in her students' lives and to work with their parents," the nominator said. "She will go knock on people's door just to ask if a student is well after they are absent."