Ms. Ochoa opened up a world for me that I never knew existed within me. She opened up the beautiful world of writing. She was my 6th grade teacher and she gave us weekly creative writing assignments. She would read aloud my stories every chance she got. She taught me that it was cool to be a writer and encouraged my every endeavor. She made me feel so good about it. I fell in love with writing that year, and have loved it since. I am now an English teacher and I have her to thank for it.
Submitted by Delores Soliz, Ms. Ochoa’s student at Sam Houston Elementary School from 1987 to ’88.