2013 Teacher of the Year Finalist - Sandra Ramirez

Sandra Ramirez
Buffalo Creek Elementary
Fourth-Grade Bilingual Teacher

Education: University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies-Bilingual Education, 2008

Teaching History: Buffalo Creek Elementary School, Fourth-Grade Bilingual Teacher, 2010-Present Rodriguez Elementary School, Houston ISD, First Grade Teacher, 2008-2010

In her own words: “I will never forget the first time I helped a student learn something… I knew at that moment that I was meant to be an educator. Even now, years later, I still get that same wave of emotion when my students make those important connections to what I taught them.”

“My philosophy of education revolves around one basic belief and that is that I wholeheartedly believe that all students can learn. I know that all students are different and that no two students will ever be alike, yet it is my responsibility to ensure that all of my students are successful.”

“I know that I cannot change a student’s home environment, but I can make every minute in the classroom count. I can make sure that my students are engaged at all times. I want my students to have so much fun in my classroom that they forget they are learning. I constantly have hands-on activities that keep my students actively learning.”

In the words of others: “In her classroom, every child really can learn. Sandra sees to it.” “Sandra Ramirez is an educator, a motivator, and a game changer. The impact that she has on a daily basis on the lives of her students is something that will go beyond the fourth-grade for these students.” David Rodriguez, Buffalo Creek Elementary Principal

“She does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day. She has mastered the elusive art of being firm but fair, having rules yet maintaining relationships, and keenly remembering that though she teaches numerous subject areas, she is really teaching ‘children’ whom she freely offers understanding, acceptance and grace.” Clarice Franke, Buffalo Creek Elementary Assistant Principal

Selected Honors, Recognitions and Activities:
  • Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society, Bilingual Representative
  • Fourth-Grade Elementary Team Leader, 2012-Present
  • Student Teacher Mentor, 2011-2012


Spring Branch ISD