By Iveth Mollinedo
My hero works at Cliffside Park High School. She is a wonderful Spanish teacher. She was my first teacher. Her name is Brenda Mollinedo and she is my mother. It is very rare that anyone can have an opportunity to praise a favorite teacher. I feel very fortunate to be able to say that my mother is my hero and she is now a coworker as well.
After attending School #3 as a student, I am now teaching there. It is also a school my mother taught at while I was in school before being transferred to the high school. Although she was never my classroom teacher, she taught me everything I know and influenced me to be the person and teacher I am today.
My mother, my teacher in life, is my hero for many reasons! The first one is because she is not only a super “mom,” but she has also been a super “teacher.” Her dedication to her students is incredible. She builds student-teacher relationships that last a lifetime! In her class, students feel free to be who they are and are comfortable enough to discuss their failures as well as their successes.
She always says she wants them to leave her class knowing and understanding Spanish, but most importantly, having learned how to have good ethics, morals, and be the best they can be. It may sound cliché, but it’s true. I know this because it is how she raised my sister and me at home.
She is my hero because she has always supported any decisions we made. She always spoke to us about the good things and the bad things in life. She taught us right from wrong and said we always had to be respectful and “do the right thing, even if no one was watching.” She is a truly amazing and beautiful person, inside and out. If I turn out to be “half” the teacher she is, I will be very happy.