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Rosio Apolinar wins EXCEL Award for Northside ISD

This special teacher inspires her students to make the world a better place.

In Rosio Apolinar's fourth grade class at Glenoaks Elementary in the Northside Independent School District, she transitions between English and Spanish.

Apolinar said she chose to be a bilingual teacher because she struggled with it as a child.

"I thought of myself growing up and bilingual education was not at its best. I remember struggling so much to learn the English language and I thought of the kids and how many kids are going through that right now. I chose to become a bilingual educator so that I could help meet the needs of them and help them feel that bilingual is something they should be proud of. I want them to be successful writers and be able to express themselves in both languages, " Apolinar said.

She inspires her students to make the world a better place.

"I tell them I don't want your learning to stop here, I want you to go out and be a good American citizens. I really believe in helping students become 21st-century learners," Apolinar said.

She does that by encouraging them and striving to always do this.

"She lets us have fun while we're learning," fourth grader Lily Pignato said.

"I want them to be able to be critical thinkers on their own. I'm guiding them so they can reach that level. I also want them to be problem solvers and be able to look at problems in our community and in the whole world and hopefully inspire them to do something about it," Apolinar said.

With a masters in Science curriculum, Apolinar serves as the Science Facilitator and 4th Grade Level Team Leader.

She continuously seeks grant opportunities that support field trips and educational opportunities for her students.

Through her efforts, her students have been able to visit Natural Bridge Caverns and Mission San Jose. Students in her class are looking forward to this year with Mrs. Apolinar.

"We do a lot of project stuff, she let us read, she lets us talk. I’m looking forward to this year. I think it's going to be more fun, " said fourth grader Timothy Gonzalez.