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Jaime Escalante 1930–
Caring Math Teacher

Jaime Escalante loved to teach math in California. He put his students into teams. Every day the student teams did math problems together. This helped them learn. He taught his students to always do their best.

In 1982, some of Escalante's students did so well on a test that the school principal asked them to take an even harder test. They all got good grades on that test, too. There was even a movie made about what a great teacher he was!

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