Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Bejarano, Melissa Ridge Intermediate


Feb 2016
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The Teacher Spotlight is a weekly piece where we feature our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each Monday to meet a new teacher!

This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Patricia Bejarano from Melissa Ridge Intermediate, nominated by Principal Tami Hayes. Ms. Bejarano teaches ESL and GT, and she is a Reading Interventionist at MRI.

Fun Facts:

  • I love chocolate!
  • I enjoy traveling!
  • I love sushi!

What is your favorite lesson to teach?

My favorite lesson to teach is The Tale of Despereaux because it teaches the themes: love, hope, forgiveness, kindness and empathy.

What is your favorite Core Value and why?

My favorite Core Value is Hope, because I tell my students that as long as there is hope, there is opportunity.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal?

My favorite thing about being a Cardinal is the kids that I work with and their families. Melissa is a great little town, full of loving families and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

When and why did you decide that you wanted to become a teacher?

I actually wanted to be an attorney for the longest time, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to do that. I earned my Paralegal Certificate from the University of New Orleans in 1999 and worked in that capacity for five years. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, I went on to work at Mutual of Omaha as a Regulatory Compliance Coordinator and also served as President of the Mutual of Omaha Jaycees for one year. During that time, we did volunteer work in the community with Habitat for Humanities and Youth Emergency Services. It was there, that I realized the increasing need for more Hispanic educational leaders in the community. I decided to pursue my certification as a Teacher to become one of the those leaders who would educate the Hispanic children in the community to become Leaders themselves.

However, that same year, my father passed away. His death left an immeasurable void in my life. I learned that life is short and I had been given a new lease on life. It was during my time at Peru State that I was approached about a Bilingual Paraprofessional Position at Field Club Elementary in Omaha. I decided to take a leap of faith and I resigned from my position as Compliance Coordinator at Mutual of Omaha to work with kids. Well, my heart opened up so much – I knew that working with kids and helping them be successful in school and in their lives was important to me.

From that moment my heart has never closed…I love my students. Each and every one of them has something unique to offer to me and to the world and I am blessed with the opportunity to work with them each and every day. I just hope I live long enough to see them grow up and be happy.

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