Teachers of the Week

Erik Perez

Erik Perez

  • School: TF North High School
  • Teaches: 9th and 10th Grade Algebra and Geometry
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Joana Sanchez

Joana Sanchez

  • School: Apollo Elementary School
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher
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Erik Perez

  • School: TF North High School
  • Teaches: 9th and 10th Grade Algebra and Geometry
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“Mr. Erik Perez sets himself apart in the classroom, as a coach, and as a sponsor/mentor for our students. In the classroom, his genuine care for and interest in his students is evident through his daily interactions and conversations with them. His knowledge of best instructional practices propels students beyond their academic abilities. His intentional planning allows for struggling students to get additional support while other students have an opportunity to gain a richer understanding of the content,” said Principal Brian Rucinski. “As a cross-country coach, Mr. Perez inherited a program with just three runners and turned it into one with more than 40 runners. The team has won invitation meets and qualified runners for the state meet. Even more important than the accolades the team has won is the family atmosphere Mr. Perez creates,” said Principal Rucinski, who nominated Perez for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “In addition to teaching and coaching, Mr. Perez created and sponsors our “Dreamers Club.” He has had a profound impact on many young lives through the club, educating legal undocumented students by sharing his personal story,” added Rucinski. “Over the years, I have seen some of our brightest students say that they are not applying to college because they do not have a social security number — and Mr. Perez has worked with them and guided them through the college application and financial aid process. Many have visited from college proud of how well they are doing at school — and eager to explain to me how they never would have gone to college if it were not for Mr. Perez.”

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Joana Sanchez

  • School: Apollo Elementary School
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher
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“Joana Sanchez brings her heart and soul to Apollo and to the entire East Maine School District 63, which should come as no surprise as she is a product of the district herself. An alumna of our Nelson Elementary School, Ms. Sanchez is a skilled 2nd grade teacher in District 63’s Dual Language Program. Through the program, Spanish-speaking students in Pre-K–5th grade may be placed in classrooms taught simultaneously in Spanish and English,” said Dr. Scott Clay, superintendent. “Ms. Sanchez exemplifies excellence in the classroom. Juggling English and Spanish instruction throughout the week is a challenge in and of itself, but she makes it look easy — maintaining an always- positive attitude, whether teaching math or monitoring the lunchroom,” said Clay. “Ms. Sanchez not only teaches children, she also is a “hero in the classroom” to many of our parents, with whom she has built strong bonds of trust. Our district is a diverse one, with dozens of languages spoken in student homes. Ms. Sanchez is acutely aware of the challenges many of our families face, and she is at the front lines of helping them navigate our schools and the larger community.”