Sacramento State alumna is ABC10’s Teacher of the Year

So many of the Sacramento region’s educators are Sacramento State alums, and now one of them has been named ABC10’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Alma Lepe-Santana ’97 (Family and Consumer Sciences), Credential ’11, a special education preschool teacher at Ehrhardt Elementary School in Elk Grove, received the honor at an award’s ceremony last week in downtown Sacramento. The award comes with a $5,000 check from Schools Financial Credit Union, and an additional prize package courtesy of Papa Murphy’s, Sizzler and other sponsors.

Lepe-Santana also was featured as ABC10’s Teacher of the Month for April 2018, and she spoke about coming to the United States from Mexico as a child, speaking only Spanish, and knowing what it felt like to need additional help as a student.

“I want(ed) to give back to this wonderful country I love, and I said, ‘The way to do it would be in special education where there’s so much need for people that know other cultures and other languages like myself,’ ” she told the station.

Sacramento State’s College of Education is a co-sponsor of the Teacher of the Month program.

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Author: Jonathan Morales

Writer and content producer at Sacramento State, writing about all things Made at Sac State.

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