We are pleased to share the news that DCP Alum Rock Middle School’s own Alejandro Herrera has been named CLMS Region 5 Educator of the Year. The CLMS and CLHS Educator of the Year award is given to 22 educators—representing regions across California—who have made significant efforts to implement educational reform in middle or high schools while exemplifying educational excellence. With his consistently high-performing classes and commitment to honing his craft, it comes as no surprise that Mr. Herrera has been chosen to receive this honor.
Mr. Herrera is a beloved English teacher at DCP Alum Rock Middle School who is known by his colleagues for leading with his actions and empowering students to do the same, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to teaching, Mr. Herrera serves as the English department lead and is an active member of the leadership team. He is also a self-proclaimed nerd, creating a gaming club for students (think Dungeons and Dragons) that is now one of the most well-attended afterschool clubs on campus.
Mr. Herrera was presented his Educator of the Year award
at a dinner in his honor on December 8, 2016. His
reflection on what he wished someone would have
told him when he first started teaching: say “Yes”
not “No”, smile, high five, and show kindness
above all else.
Like many of his students, Mr. Herrera grew up in East San Jose, and he also attended high school in the area. After graduating, he went on to receive his teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz, ultimately returning to his hometown to begin his career as an English teacher and continue building upon the roots that gave him such a strong foundation. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching are evident in his personalized and creative lessons as well as his mentorship of his students and the student teachers who have the pleasure of working with him.
It’s safe to say that DCP Alum Rock Middle School wouldn’t be the same without Alejandro Herrera.
Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Mr. Herrera!