Published Online: June 24, 1998
Published in Print: June 24, 1998, as People



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The California teacher whose motivation of inner-city teenagers to master higher mathematics was dramatized in the 1987 movie "Stand and Deliver" has retired from teaching.

Jaime. Escalante

Jaime Escalante, 66,wrapped up 35 years as a teacher June 12. He gained fame while at Garfield High School in Los Angeles, where his flamboyant style coaxed students--mostly poor and Hispanic--to take Advanced Placement courses in such daunting subjects as calculus.

AP calculus students than Garfield. Mr. Escalante left the school in 1991 to teach at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento.

He plans to continue working in education by training teachers.

"I want to train teachers to motivate students, make math easy, and eliminate the negative image of math," he said in an interview last week.

He will start by training educators in his native country of Bolivia, where he plans to spend the next 10 weeks holding work-shops and staff-development training. When he returns to Sacramento, he plans to focus on teacher training in California.

The teacher recently served as honorary chairman of the Proposition 227 campaign. The ballot initiative, which aims to virtually eliminate bilingual education in California public schools, won passage this month. ("Uncertainty Follows Vote on Prop. 227," June 10, 1998.)

Mr. Escalante said his own experience immigrating to the United States in 1964 drove him to participate in the campaign.

"Once you immigrate to this country, you have to go along with the new environment to be successful," he said.

Paul LeMahieu, the executive director of the Delaware Education Research and Development Center at the University of Delaware, has been chosen to head Hawaii's public schools. He will replace Herman Aizawa as the superintendent of the 191,000-student statewide school system in August. The contract length has not yet been determined, but the starting salary will be $90,041. ... The Cincinnati school board voted unanimously June 12 to hire Steven J. Adamowski, Delaware's associate secretary of education, as the 48,000-student district's superintendent. His three-year contract will pay an annual salary of $136,000, and he is expected to begin in August.


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