Do you have 'ganas'? That's Jaime's word for the determination, discipline, and hard work that leads to success. For decades, Jaime Escalante taught math in the tough neighborhoods of LA -- and again and again succeeded with students others had given up on. His untiring commitment and passion now lives on in the work of his many grateful students.


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  • Write a thank you note to a teacher that was, or still is, a big influence in your llife. Then go out and do something that would make them proud.

  • Volunteer your time at a local public school. How can you use your own special talents to cultivate the potential in a child?

  • Watch Jaime's story in the movie Stand and Deliver.

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