Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 29 of 33
Vanessa Torres (SC '16) | Spanish teacher, Nursery Road Elementary School | Columbia, SC
Date of Award: December 6, 2016
When Vanessa Torres heard her name called at her surprise Award notification, she was so surprised that her colleagues had to nudge her toward the front of the gym to accept her Award. Lots of hugs ensued, but the sweetest one was from her daughter Sophia, a kindergartener at Nursery Road. Vanessa got the entire school up singing and dancing at her surprise notification as she demonstrated the interactive language instruction that makes her students so successful. "Your whole life can change when you know another language and learn about another culture," she told the group.
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