Bluebonnet Teacher of the Year: Angela Padilla

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“It’s an amazing feeling going home and knowing you have helped someone reach a new level of success,” Padilla said. “I teach more than just music. I teach real life skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]bluebonnet_TOY_pageBluebonnet Elementary School music teacher Angela Padilla has held a great love for music since she was a child. Now, she seizes the opportunity to foster a passion for fine arts in students of all backgrounds and abilities in her campus’ music and choir programs.

Padilla has recently been selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Bluebonnet. Padilla has been an educator for 10 years, two of which have been at Bluebonnet.

Padilla, who was raised in a working class family, was always encouraged to follow her passions, which incidentally coincided in a career as a music teacher. All students at Bluebonnet are touched by Padilla’s teaching, often learning lessons beyond sheet music.

“It’s an amazing feeling going home and knowing you have helped someone reach a new level of success,” Padilla said. “I teach more than just music. I teach real life skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”

In two years at Bluebonnet, Padilla has created a year-round choir program that gives 123 students the opportunity to feel successful both in and out of school. The choir now performs in competitions, most recently winning first place at the Snowy Dreams and Christmas Things competition. Students also worked together to raise $9,000 in a chocolate fundraiser, funds that will be used to pay for special performances, field trips and instruments.

“It is our duty as teachers to help shape our students into contributing citizens in our society,” Padilla said. “Who knows, they may be one of our world’s musicians who will continue to bring music, joy and art into our lives.”

The school-wide choir benefits students, but also serves as a community space for parents to engage with the school. Padilla continuously supports students enthusiastically and energetically by hosting the choir after school and on the weekends, Bluebonnet Principal LaWanda Carley said.

“Mrs. Padilla works hard every day to inspire a love of learning in Bluebonnet students,” Carley said. “Her smile while working with students speaks of the joy she derives from her work. Her love of students is unmistakable.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGSUJtdkNwOWhfMFUlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]