PORTERVILLE, Calif. - Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
This week we head to Ms. Maria Baca's 6th grade classroom at John J. Doyle Elementary in Porterville.
In Ms. Baca's class, working in groups is standard practice. When it comes to group learning, it helps to have more than one teacher working the room. That is where 6th grader, Anali Alcantar, comes in.
"I can walk away form her group knowing she is in good hands," teacher Ms. Maria Baca said. "She makes my job easier."
To that, Anali said:
"Sometimes she needs help with other things. Why not help her? She is helping me with my career, so why not help her?"
A career that Anali is already certain of.
"My career goal is I want to be a teacher like Ms. Baca."
Anyone who knows Anali knows her chosen career path is just perfect for her.
"She always talks with her peers when they need help," classmate Reyle Moreno said. "When the teacher said to do something she will do it and not argue."
A driven and determined 6th grader who loves to work hard, help out, and can always be found reading.
"At the beginning of the school year I presented the class with a challenge to read a million words, and to date, so far Anali is the only one that has achieved that -- and she keeps on reading!" Ms. Baca said.
Anali inspires her classmates as she puts having good character before serving herself.
Ms. Baca adds:
"She reminds me everyday of why I am here and makes me work harder, because I know she is paying attention and taking notes on what I do -- because this is what she wants to do when she grows up."
The future face of an outstanding educator. Anali Alcantar of John J. Doyle Elementary School shows us why Your Character Matters.