School History

Maldonado Elementary School opened in 1987. The school is named to honor Amelia Maldonado, an educator for TUSD. She was a pioneer in bilingual education, teaching in both English and Spanish around 1919. A third native generation of Tucson, Arizona, Amelia was the youngest of three daughters of Francisco and Josefa Maldonado. The Maldonado's considered education a "sacred honor". Amelia was one of the first Latinas to graduate from the University of Arizona in 1919. She began teaching at Drachman Elementary in the heart of the barrio. More information can be found in a book called "Latinas in the United States A historical Encyclopedia" by Vicki Ruiz, Virginia Sanchez Korrol.

Amelia Margarita Maldonado (1895-1988)

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