Mrs. Sandra Salazar, a Dyslexia Lab teacher at Palmer-Laakso Elementary, was named the Elementary District Teacher of the Year.
The winner was selected from the pool of campus Teacher of the Year winners through essays submitted by campus principals to a district level committee. The essays gave a comprehensive look at how these educators positively impact the lives of their students daily.
Mrs. Sandra Salazar, Elementary District Teacher of the Year
When Sandra Salazar reaches into her reading toolbox, the Dyslexia Lab educator is ready to serve all. The veteran educator of 21-years lays a foundation for improved reading and proficiency that transcends the classrooms of Palmer-Laakso Elementary School.
Students are excited about stepping into Salazar’s classroom. She provides a warm and inviting environment that enhances their learning experience. They describe her as patient, kind, and understanding. They’re qualities that she also exhibits when meeting with parents of dyslexic students, to whom she lends additional support. “Her commitment and dedication is like no other. She is a true leader and is deeply respected by all. She is the true meaning on an elite and master teacher,” said Ontiveros.
Salazar’s influence extends well beyond her students. While she serves in the role of coach for Spelling Bee, she also coaches her colleagues on techniques to improve student reading. She is lauded for providing her knowledge, expertise, and resources to encourage student and educator growth. “Teachers reach out to her to learn new ways for teaching reading. She is very positive and willing to lend a helping hand,” said Celia Ontiveros, Principal at Palmer-Laakso Elementary School.
Salazar says she enjoys assisting new educators on their path to professional growth. But the most impactful part of her job, she says, is seeing former students who thank her for teaching them how to read.
Sandra Salazar will go on to represent Los Fresnos C.I.S.D. at the Region I Teacher of the Year presentation.