Perez Named Bilingual Teacher of the Year

Perez Named Bilingual Teacher of the Year
Posted on 10/05/2017
Fabra Elementary second grade dual language teacher Aida Perez has been named 2017 Bilingual Teacher of the Year by the Education Service Center-Region 20.

That announcement came from Caroline Gonzales, coordinator of instructional services for Region 20.  In the announcement, Gonzales noted that Perez will be recognized at the 2017 ESC-20 World language Conference, November 1-3.  

“I’m very happy being a teacher,” said Perez, who has taught in Boerne ISD for 11 years.  “I’m very proud of my teaching and very happy with all the experience I have had through many years.”

Perez is a native of Columbia and a graduate of the University of Illinois.  She credited a number of individuals – including fellow teachers, administrators and students’ parents – with her success as a teacher.  She also applauded the work of all dual language teachers in Region 20, saying there are many great teachers, which makes this recognition especially meaningful.

“I never thought that I could be the one chosen for this award,” she said.  “It was very surprising.  I was in shock because I never thought about it really.  It came to me from [out of] nowhere, but it filled my heart with joy and gratitude.”

Fabra principal Beto Hinojosa notes that Perez serves as dual language coordinator for the campus, acting in some ways as mentor to some of the newer dual language teachers at the school.

“She has a thirst for learning and she is good at developing new strategies to teach students,” Hinojosa said.  “Every minute of every day, Mrs. Perez brings enthusiasm and influence.  Her enthusiasm is contagious, both for students and for our staff.”

Boerne ISD’s dual language program employs an immersion/two-way bi-literacy model at Curington, Fabra and Kendall elementary schools.  The program extends into middle school, as well.  The program’s goal is to help students become bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish by integrating fairly equal numbers of native Spanish speaking children with native English speaking children for instruction.  

Region 20 provides services and support for public school districts in 18 counties of south central Texas.
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