Susan Waltman Sanchez

Susan Waltman Sanchez

Title:  ESOL, Language Arts, and Reading Teacher
Company:  El Paso Independent Schoo District:  Burges High School
Location:  El Paso, Texas, United States

Susan Sanchez, Secondary School Educator at Burges High School in the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ESOL education.

Growing up, Ms. Sanchez always loved school, and the choice to become an educator was an easy decision for her to make. While originally intending to go into music education, she met her husband while traveling in Mexico and decided to become an ESOL teacher. Since making that decision, she has lead a full and rewarding career in education. One of the highlights of her career was being selected as an official translator for Pope John Paul II’s personal reporters for his visit to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, on May 10, 1990.

Ms. Sanchez began her career as a Spanish and English teacher at the American School Foundation in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico from 1977 to 1978. She then taught English at the Autonomous University of Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez from 1978 to 1988.  From 1987 to 1991 she was a language arts and reading teacher at the Instituto Bicultural in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

She pursued a career in education by first earning a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and border studies from the University of Texas in 1981. She continued at the institution to receive a Master of Arts in applied English linguistics in 1986. Since 2005, she has served as a department chair at Burges High School. She has also been involved in a number of civic engagements in her community including serving on the committee of the Campus Improvement Team at the high school, as an executive board member of “Showtime! El Paso” from 2015 to 2018, and volunteering for Habitat for the Humanities. Her work has been recognized on numerous occasions and she has received such awards as inclusion on the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers and the Texas Teacher English to Speakers of Other Languages (TXTESOL) Award for District I in Texas.

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