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Spanish teacher in Sweetwater wins Teacher Tribute award

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 24 2014 08:51:27 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 08:08:05 AM CST
SWEETWATER, Texas -

Tina Melendez of Sweetwater is this week’s Teacher Tribute winner.

Melendez teaches Spanish at Sweetwater High School. She said she strives to teach students the value of responsibility, integrity and determination.

Her students said she does that every day and described her as a role model. The student who nominated her, Joe Alaniz, said Melendez is a caring individual who even visited him at home after he broke his leg.

Melendez said she is thankful to have been nominated for the award.

“I love teaching kids another language,” Melendez said. “It's so important to be bilingual because you're more powerful than a person who knows one [language]. And I just get so excited when my students are actually communicating with me in that language [Spanish]. And I have quite a few that have gone through my classes that can actually hold a conversation with me in Spanish.”

If you'd like to nominate a teacher, click here