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.