Written by Julie Silva Friday, 20 June 2014 13:19
The youngest of nine, Daniella Rios grew up taking care of nieces and nephews, and she learned early on she was good at motivating children.
“I had a lot of patience. I had a lot of understanding with them,” Rios said, and that’s why she went into teaching. “I just knew I had it in me.”
Now just six years in as an educator, Rios’ passion for the job was recognized this year as she was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year for La Joya Independent School District. She teaches dual language mathematics and English language arts to third-graders at Clinton Elementary in Peñitas.