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Mr. Tinajero goes to Washington In the Limelight

Summer 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 3

Mr. Tinajero goes to Washington

Tinajero family

Jennifer Snow Tinajero ’95, Sal Tinajero ‘95, and their son Salvador met First Lady Laura Bush on April 6, after Sal was presented with Hispanic Magazine’s 2005 Teacher of the Year award.

California teacher Sal Tinajero ‘95 has been named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Hispanic Magazine. The national award was presented by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House in April. Tinajero and his wife Jennifer Snow Tinajero ‘95 later received a note from Mrs. Bush, thanking them for the Bradley Sweet 16 T-shirt they gave her after the ceremony.

Tinajero has been a history teacher at Fullerton Union High School in California, as well as coach of its award-winning speech and debate team since 2001. He was hired to resurrect the program that had been well known because of its most famous alumnus, former President Richard Nixon.

Known to students and parents as “Mr. T,” he is credited with instilling confidence in his students and helping them go on to college. Several of his former students now attend Bradley. Nominated by parents and local legislators, the former Bradley speech team member beat out 100 finalists for the Teacher of the Year award, co-sponsored by Nordstrom. “I never had a clue this was coming,” said Tinajero, who is serving his second term as a governing school board member at the Santa Ana Unified School District. The Tinajeros and their two sons live in Santa Ana.


Bradley Hall rededication


Bradley Hall’s extreme makeover

Amid fireworks and fanfare, historic Bradley Hall was rededicated in an outdoor ceremony on April 7, after a two-year, $16 million renovation of the University’s oldest, most recognizable building. The project included updating 60 classrooms with complete technology support capability, 160 improved offices, and teleconferencing suites with Internet and Internet2 access. More than 2,000 donors contributed to the effort.

A brief video highlighting the history and features of the landmark building was played at an open house following the ceremony. View select video excerpts from the rededication. Go>

Originally designed by noted Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and constructed in 1897, Bradley Hall was reconstructed following a devastating fire in January 1963.