Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 29 of 33 South Carolina - Vanessa Torres

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.

More about Vanessa: Bio | Photos | Video | Spotlight interview

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