Thao Vy Phan, Samantha Skocilic
Mi Linda Valverde, a current Language Arts, Spanish, and CCR teacher wants to share her story. She has been teaching for 11 years and uses all her experience to teach her students to the best of her ability.
Mrs. Valverde’s family includes two younger sisters and her parents. She had multiple jobs before becoming an English teacher. Starting to work at the age of 16, she has been a tutor, house cleaner, and a babysitter.
Some of her favorite hobbies are mushroom hunting, dancing (salsa, cumbia, hip-hop,and merengue), acting, listening to music, singing, going to cultural activities, swimming, and writing.
One of those hobbies,mushroom hunting, Mrs. Valverde does with her husband Jozef Topor-Madry. Her husband is Polish, and they have visited Poland over eight times to visit his family!
Mrs. Valverde has visited many other countries as well, including Mexico, the Czech Republic (once), Austria (twice), Slovakia (more than eight times), Egypt (twice-once in 2009 and 2012), Italy (twice), Vatican, Germany (more than eight times), Andorra, Spain, Monaco, France (twice), Belgium, Holland, and Israel (once).
Not only does Mrs. Valverde travel, she has a very intriguing background. She has been on Let’s Make a Deal and won!
Mrs. Valverde’s favorite holiday is Day of the Dead, and she paints her face for this occasion.
Interestingly, her great-grandparents had a role in the Mendez Vs. Westminster case. They helped fight Mexican discrimination in Westminster schools.
Mrs. Valverde believes that mottos should be incorporated in our daily lives such as “treat others the way you want to be treated” (Luke 6:31) and “be the change you want to see in this world” (Mahatma Gandhi). Throughout her teaching, Mrs. Valverde drills her own motto “don’t sit on your power” into her students. Mrs. Valverde also teaches each of her classes about the power of Empathy and Tolerance at every possible given opportunity.
Mrs. V’s biggest personal accomplishment is truly learning to love others, and it gave her the ability to forgive and forget. This motto has also let her realize that people are always changing and growing or have the ability to do so.
The creation of Multicultural Night is one of her greatest accomplishments and she is proud how everyone come together to enjoy all the different cultures. In addition, she takes pride in dancing in front of thousands of people, leading ten retreats. While Mrs.Valverde does have many achievements, she stills sets, even more, goals for herself to strive and improve upon, such as getting more exercise. Mrs. Valverde also takes pride in her Teacher of the Year and The Honorary Service Award.
Mrs. Valverde has many dreams to fulfill in the next 30 years. She states, “ …hopefully retired and starting my adventures with my husband. I hope to travel around the United States and/or around Europe. I also hope to have children and grandkids that I can still visit with. I hope they can visit me too. I also hope to hear from some of my students as well and be an active community member.”
Mrs. Valverde has been a role model for almost every student in this school. She has worked hard to care for all of the students and teach to the point of giving up much of her own time. Mrs. Valverde will hopefully work here for many years to come.
¡Adiós mis amigos, abrazos!~~