Marion County

Classroom visit with 2017 Marion County Teacher of the Year, Diego Fuentes


Music truly has the power to make connections where barriers may have stood. That is no more true than in Diego Fuentes‘s classroom at Hillcrest School. Diego teaches students with severe learning and physical disabilities. He has found that students are able to meet physical and educational goals through the power of music. Being in his classroom, you could sense the pride and enjoyment each student had as they sang each song and checked off items from the day’s To Do List. On my way out, I was surprised by a flash mob of students and staff showing their famous #HillcrestProud spirit by cheering me out the door. I barely made it to the exit without crying. It was incredibly touching to have been a part of such a beautiful, interactive, authentic learning environment.