Postage Stamp for ‘Stand and Deliver’ Teacher Jaime Escalante Is Unveiled
With a U.S. Postal Service honor guard and the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Bolivia, the Jaime Escalante commemorative stamp was officially unveiled at the 87th conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today in Washington, D.C.
This is a historic moment,” said LULAC president Roger Rocha.
Escalante, a teacher in his native Bolivia who arrived in the states in 1963, became known for using innovative methods to teach inner-city students in East Los Angeles that some considered “unteachable,” and many of whom went on to master calculus under his tutelage.
His story was the subject of the seminal 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver,” which is one of the most viewed movies in U.S. film history.
Education Secretary John King, himself a product of inner-city schools, said Escalante is an inspiration to many.
“I am here today and I am alive today because teachers like Jaime Escalante believed in me. His students had a different sense of what was possible for them because they had a teacher who believed in them. This (stamp) is a wonderful remembrance of him.”
Escalante, who died in 2010, was represented at the ceremony by his son Jaime Jr.
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