Bronx names day after award-nominated teacher

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THE BRONX – Bronx teacher Melissa Salguero was able to celebrate her nomination for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize by having the borough name a day after her.

Salguero, a music teacher at P.S. 48, is a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and she’ll be heading to Dubai later this month where the winner will be announced.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. additionally named Salguero a global Bronx ambassador in honor of her achievement.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul helped Salguero celebrate her nomination with her students by throwing them a pizza party.

“Regardless of what the outcome is, the real winners are the students in this school because they love her," said Hochul.

One of Salguero’s students, Alex Gomis, said, "What I like about her is that she's crazy. She makes music fun."

Salguero said that she was in her job for the long haul.

“Everybody always asks me -- where are you going? You can teach anywhere. Where are you gonna go?” she said,  “And I don't want to teach anywhere else. This is my school. This is my community and I love this place."

If she wins, Salguero said she plans to use the money to build music programs all over the country and to throw her students an even bigger celebration.

 

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