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Dr. Sanders Wins Esperanza Latino Teacher Award!

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Metro Tech Spanish Teacher Dr. Genevieve Sanders is a 2018 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latino Teacher Award winner.  She was surprised by the organization’s announcement during a classroom visit October 2.

Sanders is one of four Esperanza winners in Arizona, honoring Latino teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in the school and demonstrate a true commitment to the community.  It is the only awards program that highlights outstanding Latino educators throughout Arizona.

Sanders will be recognized at an Academy Awards-style dinner ceremony, October 25, at the Phoenix Civic Center, where each honoree receives a cash award plus a stipend to their respective school.

Sanders teaches Honors Spanish 3-4 and Advanced Placement Spanish and is the school’s World Language Department Instructional Leader  She has been at Metro Tech since 2014, and taught four years at Cesar Chavez High School.  Her teaching career spans 25 years, including seven years in Mexico.

She is from Michoacán, Mexico, and attended the Universidad Vasco de Quiroga in Morelia.  She earned a scholarship and transferred credits to the University of Southern Mississippi for her bachelor’s, a master’s from Grand Canyon University and doctorate from ASU. 

Sanders is the seventh Phoenix Union Esperanza winner. Julio Rubio, Metro Tech’s APR, won in 2012 as a teacher at South Mountain.  The last Phoenix Union Esperanza winner was also from Metro Tech- Erika Parra in 2014.  Other Esperanza winners were 2009- Vanessa (Valenzuela) Casillas of Carl Hayden, and now principal at North High School; 2010: Selina (Alonzo) Heltonof Maryvale, now at Franklin Police & Fire and Guadalupe Meza of South Mountain, now at Trevor Browne; and 2013- Jeanette Fernandez Scott of Cesar Chavez High School. 

Read more of Dr. Sanders story in the Press Release.