A member of the Future Teachers of America club in the 80s was awarded the February Amazing Teacher Monday afternoon on behalf of the Alice Echo News Journal and Bowden Ford of Alice.

Roel Hinojosa teachers fifth grade reading and is the bilingual teacher at Dubose Intermediate. He is also the head tennis coach at Alice High School.

Hinojosa has been in education for 29 years and three of those years have been as a teacher at Alice Independent School District.

"I've, actually, always wanted to be a teacher since high school. I was part of the Future Teachers of America Club (in Rockport-Fulton High School). I even completed in the state competition in 1988," he said. "Giving back to the community and trying to make a difference in every child's life. Even if it's just a few students lives because it's very, very important to made a difference. Many of them come from different challenging backgrounds and home lives."

Hinojosa was nominated for the award by Dr. Alma Garcia, one of his supervisors at AISD.

"He works diligently with our English Language Learners. He puts every effort to keep updated with all the latest rules from TEA (Texas Education Agency). The students he works with feel comfortable with him and are able to talk to him when they have problems," Dr. Garcia wrote in her nomination.

"It's a nice surprise and a pleasant one," Hinojosa said. "I'm very grateful and pleased to work for Alice ISD."

AENJ will surprise a teacher each month until May. To nominate a teacher whose made a difference in your child's life, you can click on the nomination Amazing Teacher button on our website at www.alicetx.com.