Stamp of Approval Finally Arrives for Teaching Legend Jaime Escalante

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.”

READ: 15 Reasons Everyone Should Watch ‘Stand and Deliver’ Again

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.

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The USPS Is Honoring Latino Deliciousness With Forever Stamps. Check Out Which Dishes Are Being Highlighted


The USPS Is Honoring Latino Deliciousness With Forever Stamps. Check Out Which Dishes Are Being Highlighted

The United States Postal Service loves giving people fun and new Forever stamps that capture what the American experience is all about from iconic people to culturally relevant symbols. On April 20, Latinos will get another nod from USPS via food. That’s right. The 2017 ‘Delicioso‘ collection of Forever stamps include foods that represent the Latino American experience.

Here’s a little preview of what you can soon start slapping on all of your letters (if you still do that kind of thing).


“With the release of the new Delicioso Forever® stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the influence of Central and South American, Mexican, and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine,” reads the USPS website. “This book of 20 stamps features six dishes from an array of Latin American culinary traditions that have found new life and variations in the United States.”

USPS even commissioned Latino artist John Parra to create the *delicioso* art.

“I had the honor to create the artwork for the collection, with images celebrating the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean food cuisine,” Parra wrote on his website. “Each stamp showcases a bright and playful illustration of one of the following dishes: tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche.”

People. Are. Here. For. It.

The official release day for the “Delicioso” Forever stamps is set for April 20 and the National Hispanic Cultural Center has already planned a celebration for the release.

This could totally be a recurring thing for USPS since there are so many delicious foods in Latino cultures.

Just saying. If you need suggestion, USPS, hit us up.

READ: USPS Unveils New Stamp Featuring A Latino

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USPS Unveils New Stamp Featuring A Latino


USPS Unveils New Stamp Featuring A Latino

USPS will now stamp and deliver mail in honor of renowned East LA teacher, Jaime Escalante. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it!)

Wednesday, the USPS followed suit, honoring him with the unveiling of his very own commemorative stamp. The First-Class Forever stamp debuted at the 87th conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C.

Jaime Escalante began teaching in Bolivia before coming to the U.S. in 1963. Instead of declaring inner city and at-risk students lost causes like some teachers, he made it his life mission to teach them math and ensure they excelled. Edward James Olmos brought has character and story to life in the 1988 classic film, “Stand And Deliver.” As you may know from watching the film, students responded incredibly well, many even went on to study calculus and college – something that didn’t seem obtainable before Escalante.

The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Limited Edition Forever Stamp to Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles high school math teacher immortalized in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," in a ceremony. Actor Edward James Olmos was among those who spoke at the ceremony at a Washington hotel. http://4.nbcla.com/MSUSgnR

Posted by NBC LA on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A ceremony took place at Garfield High School to unveil the special edition stamp.  Edward James Olmos delivered an inspirational speech, “I don’t know one president, one pope, one engineer, one sports giant, one astronaut, that could have done it without a teacher. If it wasn’t for teachers, none of us would be where we are today.”

Jaime Escalante Jr. also gave a poignant speech and hugged fans of his father.

Even U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. attended the event, “I am here today and I am alive today because teachers like Jaime Escalante believed in me. His students had a different sense of what was possible for them because they had a teacher who believed in them. This is a wonderful remembrance of him.”

Jamie Escalante died in 2010, but will continue to be remembered as one of the most inspirational Americans in history.

Escalante is the second Latino to be honored in the ‘Distinguished American’ series of stamps honoring great Americans. José Ferrer was the first.

We leave you with one of el profesor’s iconic quotes:

“There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer… When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You’re going to work harder here than you’ve ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. Desire.”

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