By Samantha Solliday
A physical education teacher, known for his motivating personality, found himself in the spotlight Monday at Clear Creek Elementary School.
Orlando Arzola was in the gym preparing pre-kindergarten students to play a game, when the Education Foundation and human resources representatives, along with Clear Creek staff, entered the building making a raucous with bells and whistles.
The teacher was stunned as he accepted the Killeen ISD Elementary Teacher Spotlight award for the month of November.
Principal Maryann Ramos explained to Arzola why she had nominated him for the award.
“You exemplify what it means to be a teacher,” she stated. “You constantly show us how much you care for the students.
“You have a heart for teaching and you motivate us every morning before school starts. Thank you for all that you do.”
The popular PE teacher said in his own life that teachers impacted his outlook, helping to guide him to the field of education.
“I had a PE teacher in junior high that inspired me and taught me to have no limits,” he said. “I wanted to be that teacher that inspired students and have a positive impact on their life.”
Arzola believes that every student wants to be needed. He hopes that he is inspiring them just as teachers inspired him.
“When you show students that you care, they will be committed to anything that you ask them to do,” said Arzola. “It’s a challenge, but I want to help students grow and learn that self-esteem comes from within. I want to see them gain that self-confidence in my class.”
Other than learning about being physically fit, Arzola wants his students to be morally fit, hoping that they eventually become pillars of the community.
“I want them to be able to go out a make a difference,” he said, “and I want them to value their education.”
Thanking the other staff around him, Arzola expressed gratitude for being part of the family of educators at Clear Creek Elementary.
“I have been here three years now, and it is my second home,” Arzola stated. “This is the best school for me, and I admire all of the staff and students here.
“Thank you to my other PE teachers. I have learned so much from them,” he continued. “I couldn’t do it without them. I am blessed to be able to work here. It’s been amazing.”
December 6, 2017