Cartwright School District, Phoenix, AZ
Mrs. Perla Apodaca is grounded in her community in Arizona after being uprooted during her childhood in California. Though initially shocked by the lack of diversity and xenophobia she faced in her new environment, she never let adversity define her. Now as a teacher, she has developed deep roots in the community, nurturing young scholars with the same care that she tends to the school garden. She stays in touch with former students as they go through middle and high school, and onto college and careers of their own. Her students always come back to speak to her class, share their stories, and inspire the next generation.
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