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Hispanic Heritage Month

About this Daily Classroom Specials: Hispanic Heritage Month was written by Lottie Simms, teacher at Miami Lakes Middle School and former Teachers Network web mentor.

Contemporary Personalities

Here's a test for you and your students. How much do you know about these contemporary Hispanic personalities? Can you match their accomplishments to their names?

1. Franklin Chang-Diaz

A. As the first female surgeon general, this Puerto Rican has lead campaigns to curb alcohol and drug abuse among U.S. youth.

2. Jaime Escalante

B. As a former Rookie of the Year, this baseball star hit the first homerun in Florida Marlins Baseball history in 1993.

3. Joseph Fernandez

C. Born in Bolivia, this Los Angeles teacher was educated as an engineer before becoming an expert in advanced placement calculus preparation for high school students.

4. Antonia Novello

D. Born in Costa Rica, this MIT graduate was chosen by NASA in 1980 to become the first Hispanic astronaut.

5. Dennis Rivera

E. Born in Puerto Rico, this Hispanic heads the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation in Chicago which provided affordable housing to the Hispanic community.

6. Hipolito Roldan

F. This educator was both the superintendent of Dade County Public Schools and chancellor of New York City's public schools.

7. Benito Santiago

G. Leader of the largest union local for health-care workers, this Hispanic became a driving force in U.S. organized labor.

 

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