Jaime Escalante was a math teacher with tons of ganas, so much so that he dedicated his life to teaching calculus to underprivileged students so that they could pass an Advanced Placement test. His work inspired the acclaimed movie Stand and Deliver and now he’s being honored with a U.S. postage stamp.
“He is, without question, a very deserving subject,” said Roy Betts, a spokesman for USPS. “The legendary educator is well-known for academic excellence and working with inner-city youth to help them master calculus.”
Although his students were accused of cheating after they passed the test, Escalante, a Bolivian native, didn’t stop teaching his students and worked tirelessly in Los Angeles from 1978 to 1991.
“We are here to help students. That is my philosophy. And that is my weak point. I put too much time into students,” he said to the Los Angeles Times in 1991.
Read more about the incredible work of the teaching legend from NBC News here.