posted on May 06, 2014 14:16
Daniel Leija teaches kindergarten for students with special needs and fifth-grade math and science at Behlau Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. Before becoming an elementary school teacher, Leija served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked with air evacuation units in North Carolina, Texas, and the Republic of Korea, serving in various support and training roles. In 1986, he had his first teaching experience as an instructor and as the non-commissioned officer in charge at the Enlisted Aeromedical Evacuation Training Course.
“I knew I had finally found my niche in life the day I started teaching,” Leija said.
At the urging of his unit’s chief training officer, he enrolled in the education program at a local university to work on a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. One course at a time, he pursued his degree. His duties and a short tour to Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea didn’t slow him down. In fact, his volunteer work at a local orphanage just served as greater inspiration to continue his studies.
Read more from Sarah Baker at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/06/spotlight-troops-teachers-daniel-leija