Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Annual Teacher of the Year Award 2015
Eugenio Fischer Sanchez
2015 Eugenio Fischer Sanchez, Walt Whitman Middle School, Fairfax County, Virginia
Eugenio Fischer Sanchez, who grew up in Miami, is a second generation U.S. citizen to a Venezuelan mother and German-American father. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University. He teaches Spanish for fluent speakers, coordinates International Night and Hispanic Heritage Month at the school, co-directs the group Men of Vision and Purpose and is a Parents as Educational Partners Teacher at Mount Vernon High School.
“I have never seen a teacher who knows all of his students the way Mr. Fischer Sanchez does,” said Lesley Mitchell, World Language Department chair at Whitman Middle School. “When asked about any of his students, he can tell you about their interests, their opinions, their families and how they are doing in their other classes. He knows them so well because they trust him as a mentor and also because he gives his time meeting their families and checking in with their other teachers.”
Known for his dedication to his students, fellow educators and the community, Eugenio is active in the Hispanic community as a mentor, volunteers with local churches and constantly seeks positive professional Hispanic speakers to visit his classes and inspire his students. He also mentors other educators and administrators, teaching Spanish, as well as culture and varied socio-economic environments of the school’s Hispanic students. “He gives the teachers the tools they need to better serve our Hispanic students.”
- I have a passion for justice to give students the chance to dignify their lives with honest hard work.
- I teach from the standpoint of a global perspective to connect learning with larger world experience.
- I support other teachers with language and cultural resources to help them better understand their students.
- PBA (Positive Behavior Interventions Support) representative
- MPV (Men of Vision and Purpose) mentors Hispanic male students
- Helped found WPV (Women of Vision and Purpose) mentors Hispanic female students
- PEP (Parents for Education) teaches parents to use computers and to advocate for their children
- AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination)
- Former students now teaching in the US and in their native countries
2015 Co-Winners Veronica Perez and Eugenio Fischer
(l-r) Eugenio Fischer, Leveo Sanchez III (Board Member), Veronica Perez, Cel Beltran (Board Member)