Jeremy Galimba

Series 2 of a 3-part series: We visited El Gabilan Elementary and spoke with Global Innovation Award Winner and teacher, Jeremy Galimba.  

What’s your title and school location?

Teacher, El Gabilan Elementary

How many years of teaching?

I’ve been a classroom teacher for 13 years, which is enough time to forget how long you’ve been a teacher.

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

Being born and raised in Salinas, I have a deep-rooted investment in this community. Working at SCESD has provided me with the opportunity to make a lasting positive impact on my hometown. In my opinion, it takes more courage to bloom where you are planted than to gloom where you’re not.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a dialy basis?

I find that I am most motivated by the unique privilege I have to inspire the students and teachers around me to be lifelong learners who serve others with their talents. When I remind myself that making progress is more of a process than an event, it helps me find and celebrate the small inspirations that take place every day. 

What does your award mean to you?

As an educator who is continuously inspired and influenced by my fellow colleagues, I am honored to be acknowledged as a global innovator within this district. Having this platform only increases my motivation to pour back into the lives of the students and teachers I am privileged to work with.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

The most gratifying thing about my job is connecting with other passionate educators to accomplish a shared dream that would never be possible on our own. Watching students thrive in a “High Five” environment of citizenship, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity is a huge source of personal and professional satisfaction.

Any advice for new educators?

Don’t be afraid to fail. It will free you to discover innovations that you would have never explored otherwise. Remember that lifelong learners are constantly growing; and if you’re not failing, you’re not growing. Surround yourself with likeminded leaders who will focus on building the future rather than preserving the past.