MVSD Teacher Honored With the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award

MVSD Teacher Honored With the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award

     Priscilla Figueroa, Mountain View School District’s English Language Development (ELD) Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) was honored with the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award at the 14th annual Tamalada held December 14. The award commemorates the life and legacy of Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, a respected teacher and administrator and acknowledges outstanding educators for their hard work and dedication to the students they serve, as well as their commitment and contribution to the advancement of their schools, students or educational community.
      Priscilla has been an integral part of the Mountain View team for 28 years, serving as a teacher and tireless advocate for students and the community. Prior to her current role as our ELD TOSA, Priscilla dedicated 25 years serving as a Bilingual Teacher, GATE Teacher, Literacy Coordinator, and English Immersion Teacher, working at several school sites including La Primaria, Baker, Voorhis and Parkview. For the past 3 years, in her role as a TOSA, her advocacy reaches all MVSD students through the training and professional development she leads for staff members. She works with MVSD’s ELD teachers to ensure that student needs are identified and addressed to prepare the students for success in high school and beyond.
     According to her colleagues, who fondly refer to her as a “rock star” Figueroa was the classroom teacher that had the most fun! Every student, they say, wanted to be in her class. Now, she greets teachers with the phrase, “Thank you for coming to the party!” as they enter her training sessions and meetings. The educators leave excited to get the students ready to progress.
     “Priscilla is an exceptional educator and wonderful asset to our District,” said Lillian Maldonado French, Superintendent. “Her dedication and effort to support our English Learners is greatly appreciated. As a TOSA, she has shared her immense expertise and provided outstanding professional development and support to our teachers and families. We are very happy to honor her exemplary work with the Esperanza Award.”

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