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Sonrise - Meet Sonya Romero - Selfless Teacher
Sonya Romero is a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary in Albuquerque, NM - but she's not just any teacher.
Sonya was sitting in the audience for "The Ellen Show," and when Ellen found out how much this selfless teacher has done for her students, she asked her to come up on stage. So what makes this lady so special? Well, 75% of Romero's students are poverty-stricken, so every morning as they come in to class, she asks them two questions; if they've eaten that morning, and if they need anything to wear. She goes above and beyond to do anything she can to make sure their needs are met every day, and she's even a foster parent for two of her students. After the montage of students and colleagues expressing their gratitude for all she has done for them over the years finished, Ellen handed her a Target check for $10,000. But that wasn't all! Ellen said, "And because I know what kind of person you are, and you think you're gonna use this $10,000 to help other people, but they also want to give $10,000 To Lew Wallace Elementary School! They doubled the money so she could treat herself after all she's done to serve others. The world needs more teachers like Sonya Romero. See her story here.
Sonya Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School, knows the benefits of children coming to school with a full stomach.
"I get to see them first thing and it makes a huge difference in their morning," she said. "They are ready to learn, they are engaged, they are active and not complaining about their tummies, and they display fewer negative behaviors. I know when I'm hungry I don't feel like doing anything, so imagine a child. Nutritious food makes a huge difference. With food security and full belly, you're ready to learn." That's why Romero is excited that Lew Wallace is one of four schools working with Project Blue Box, in which children from poor families can get a bag or a box of food once a week to help those families stay fed.
Giving in Focus: Sonya Romero
Giving in Focus: Sonya Romero Giving in Focus: Sonya Romero Sonya Romero is a teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School in New Mexico During her 18 years of teaching, Romero has provided food and clothing to her students Romero took in two former students and is now their foster mom Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN) Sonya Romero learned early in her career that teaching is about more than just the subject matter -- it's about the students. "Their needs have be met -- whatever they are ... socially, emotionally, physically, so that they have the ability to learn, " says Romero. She teaches kindergarten at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and most of her students live in poverty. Romero works hard to make her kids feel comfortable and safe in the classroom so they can focus on their lessons. "When my students come in the morning, I ask if they've eaten breakfast. Once they've had their breakfast I just do an assessment of needs," says Romero. "I buy and keep in stock socks, jackets, scarves, hats, toothbrushes and snacks. I've done that since I started teaching. And over the years as the population has shifted, I've needed a lot more of those supplies." Sonya Romero inspires smiles from her 2015 kindergarten class. Sonya Romero inspires smiles from her 2015 kindergarten class. Sonya Romero inspires smiles from her 2015 kindergarten class. Romero and Lew Wallace Elementary are now receiving more help from the community. Romero believes that educators are key to developing the lives of our youth. "Being a teacher is being an advocate, being an agent for their change and to help them in any way that they need," says Romero. "Having a teacher relationship with them is one thing, but having them live with me is different," admits Romero. After speaking to her son, Blaine, Romero invited the girls into her home. What was supposed to be a 48-hour stay turned into a year. She says she wouldn't change a thing and encourages others to consider becoming foster parents.
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Sonya Romero is a kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary in ...
Sonya Romero is a Kindergarten teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque.
Every three out of four students who attend the school lives in poverty. Romero says some of students spend the night in homeless shelters, others sleep in motels. â€œThey will tell us most of the time I didnâ€™t eat breakfast this morning,â€� said Romero. Romero, a teacher for nearly 20 years, has taken it upon herself to help her students beyond just teaching them. She provides clothes, toothbrushes and food.