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Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante (1930 - 2010)

Born to two school teachers in Bolivia, Jaime Escalante, is most widely known for his role in starting a successful AP calculus course at Garfield High School, a largely poor and Hispanic high school in East Los Angeles, CA. As he would say, “Ganas (Desire, Will or Drive) is all you need.

His teaching methods included wearing funny hats, making jokes, giving out candy for right answers and lots of hard work. He motivated his students to study before school, after school, on Saturdays, and during breaks, even making summer school mandatory for them.

“It goes like this: teaching is touching life”

Helena Lira, Assistant Director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach
Helena Lira

Assistant Director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach

Jaime Escalante

“We are all concerned about the future of American education. But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future - you create the future. The future is created through hard work.”