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A creative inspirational teacher . . . immediately captivates each student. His well-thoughtoutrituals and routines demands and gets each students best. He has carefully developed an expanded approach to the writing process that brilliantly has the student willingly return tothe original draft many times with a well-defined goal. This results in students writing of any genre far above grade-level standards . . . . Students crave readers workshop, a cooperative multilevel-designed strategy . . . These methods can be adapted to any subject.Janet Simon, teacher and writer of Gardner ElementaryMr. Opinaldo continues to train and model for school educators not only educational strategies but also class management strategies. Any educator who reads this book and puts it into practice . . . will learn how to and the reasons behind why the actions are necessary.Jane Urbina, principal of Ann Street SchoolI am thankful for your support and looking forward to emulating you, as one of my mentors, in my retirement.Robert Cordova Jr., principal of Harmony Elementary. . . has a gift for educating adult and child scholars in amusing ways . . . enthusiasm is motivatingand uplifting his peers. I have used RW for four years and have found that my studentshave thoroughly enjoyed their reading assignments. Personally, his strategies have given aclearer vision on education: that there is a strong correlation between reading and academicsuccess has never resonated so profoundly to me.Enrique Vargas, teacher, Harmony Elementary. . . a generous source of inspiration and pedagogical knowledge . . . . Ability to initiate transformationwithin the individual teacher and classroom by cultivating the critical practice ofself-reflection and developing an innate respect for learning . . . as my mentor, I have trulybeen able to become a successful educator to students of all backgrounds.Anita Maxon, English Learner coordinator, Harmony ElementaryRoutines and rituals were not imbedded at one table in a class of twenty-seven students. Iwalked over and told two students exactly what they were doing, thinking, and planning.Amazed that I could be so present and aware of everything they were doing and thinking,their mouths flew open in astonishment. An observer at that table, Jasmine Mei, said witheyes beaming, You are awesome! I responded, I am here to make you awesome too. Orinio OpinaldoLearned when people are united and form a community, anything can be accomplished. . . living in apathy prevents us from standing for our rights. A community workingtogether with beliefs in their united strategies, positive thinking, and courage canchange the world. I have learned so much from Mr. Opinaldo that my life will never bethe same.Blanca Medrano, parent, Ann Street School

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