For our last interview in Series 2 of our 3-part series, we spoke with Building Blocks Award Winner, Alice Trevino.

What’s your title and school location?

Instructional Aid, Laurel Wood Elementary

How many years of classified?

16 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

My children attending the old Boronda School and volunteering in their classrooms brought me to SCESD. When I volunteered, I saw all students on a daily basis and I liked helping them achieve their goals for the day.  When my children moved on, the suggestion came up to continue what I was doing, but this time as an employee.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a daily basis?

The students keep me motivated and inspired on a daily basis especially when I see their faces light up when they get it!

What does your award mean to you?

I appreciate this award! It says that what I believe in, what I strive every day to do is acknowledged by others that feel the same way about education.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

The most gratifying thing about my job is knowing that I made a difference in a child’s life. I give children the tools so they can be successful. When I see them days, months or years down the road and they thank me for helping them learn how to read or do math or even a life skill, it makes me smile!

Any advice for new educators?

Remember when you were the student and how you felt. Learn to read their faces and their body language so you can adjust the way you teach. Most of all be patient, repeat things as needed, and smile