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A teacher, a tutor and an inspiration to many

Posted: June 28, 2008 3:11 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2008 5:03 a.m.
What would you do if your child came home one day and asked for help with his or her math homework?
Some people will call a tutor, some people will tell their children that math is not their expertise and that they are on their own.

Helida faced this problem ten years ago. She was embarrassed to face her son, and tell him that she couldn't help with math because she didn't remember how to do it.

She was working full-time in those days, however she managed to go to her son's school and meet with the math teacher. She told the teacher that she wanted to learn math in order to help her son. She was also mortified that her son would find out about her lack of knowledge. The teacher found a solution to the problem. Helida was going to come as a student, but she was going to be disguised as a parent volunteer. She was also going to ''volunteer" during a different period from her son's class. This way mother and son wouldn't see each other.

Helida went to such lengths for the love of her son, but something happened. The teacher explained math in such a way that Helida got hooked on it. Pretty soon Helida found herself tutoring children in math. The math teacher saw an opportunity to have a tutor by his side and offered her a job.

Helida's employer was moving out of state, and she was asked to move with the company. Helida couldn't move away since her mother and all her relatives lived in California. So she stayed and started taking classes at C.S.U.B. She graduated last year. She finished her teaching credentials this year, and is going to start her master's degree this fall at C.S.U.N. This courageous parent is a great example to follow.

She didn't let her lack of knowledge hinder her ability to help her son. She went to school in order to learn math, and now she is getting her master's degree in math.

Helida is my tutor at C.S.U.B. She helped me with a math class that I couldn't pass. I almost gave up my education because of this class.

Helida was patient and did her magic. Thanks to her, I passed the class. Helida works at the C.S.U.B. tutoring center, helping math students. A lot of students go to see her to find solutions to their math problems. She is more than a tutor, she is a friend that takes you by the hand, and doesn't let you go until you pass your class. She will be missed, but the world is gaining a great math teacher. A teacher that won't give up on her students; just as her son's teacher did the day he took Helida under his wing.

This is another lesson of perseverance that applies to all of us. When hard times knock at the door, some people just give up; others go to school and become teachers.


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