The country’s most popular and successful high school calculus teacher has passed away at the age of 79.
Jaime Escalante, born in Bolivia, was also the consummate impresario.
Edward James Olmos, the actor who played Jaime (superbly!) in the movie, Stand and Deliver, said of him, "He had three basic personalities -- teacher, father -friend and street-gang equal -- and he would juggle them, shift in an instant. . . . He's one of the greatest calculated entertainers."
Update: Jay Mathews well-received book about 'the best teacher in America.' Go here.