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Baldwin Elementary teacher Patricia Allaf was nominated to be honored by the L.A. Clippers at their Teachers Appreciation Day Ceremony Jan. 27 at the Staples Center. To make it affordable for the Baldwin community to support Ms. Allaf, the Clippers provided the school with a special link to buy game tickets at good prices.
Ms Allaf teaches multiple subjects to Baldwin seventh-graders and has, among many things, helped spearhead the school’s ASB Edible School Garden Project. “Our classroom experiences provide a learning community and hands-on learning and shape our students into who they become,” said Ms. Allaf.
Ms Allaf still receives notes from former students thanking her — notes like a recent one that said, “Because of you, it was the beginning of many things to come that you helped me to grow into. I hope your students will become great people because of you and hope they feel the same way I did.”
Principal Chris Takeshita nominated Ms. Allaf for her dedication to academic rigor and devotion to students. “Patrica is great person, so engaged with the school, is on our Cadre Team, our ASB, and she was also nominated for the Above and Beyond Badge through the district,” he said. “She greets her students every day with a high five or a fist bump.” He added that research shows greeting students at the door increases engagement and promotes a sense of belonging.
“I think students need to hear three things from teachers: I believe in you. You have a purpose. How are you, really?” Ms. Allaf said.
The L.A. Clippers have long honored teachers and provided community literacy outreach to support reading and create readers through Read to Achieve programs. To learn more: https://www.nba.com/clippers/community/education.html