College Math Teaching

March 31, 2010

Jaime Escalante dies at 79

Filed under: calculus, mathematics education, media — collegemathteaching @ 2:07 am

From here.

Legendary Garfield High School math teacher Jaime Escalante, who was immortalized in the film “Stand and Deliver,” died Tuesday afternoon after battling cancer.

Escalante died at 2:27 p.m. at the home of his son, Jaime Jr., in Roseville, Calif., said actor Edward James Olmos, who portrayed Escalante in the film.

“He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren,” said Olmos, who drove Escalante from a Reno hospital Monday night to Roseville.

Olmos said he was notified by the family several minutes after Escalante died.

Escalante, 79, helped turn the math program at the East Los Angeles high school into one of the top programs in the nation.


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