Serena Tirado is a beloved Staples High School science teacher.
Students and parents praise her for nurturing a love for biology — and for her caring, mentoring and inspiration.
A student from 2011 says, “As much as she loves bio — and she really does — she loves every student even more. Her kindness and passion spread to us like molecules going down a concentration gradient. I still look back on that class with a smile. When she was no longer my teacher, and I struggled with personal problems, she was the only teacher I felt comfortable confiding in.”
Another student — never in accelerated classes — says that Ms. Tirado was the first teacher who told her she was smart enough to do whatever she wanted. In 6 months, she will earn her veterinary degree.
Those sentiments — and many more — are expressed on a GoFundMe page. For over a year, Serena Tirado has undergone treatment for breast cancer.
She’s battling the disease — but it’s taken a toll on her and her family. Even with insurance, she needs help.
“Every day she taught, Serena gave all she had to her students and our community,” the page says.
Now, “it is our turn to give back to her. Please do what you can for this special teacher, who is beautiful both inside and out.”
Click here to see all the tributes — and to contribute yourself.