The people from Albacete Ángel Tercero Felipe and José Melero Martínez have occupied the tenth position in their respective finals as the best teachers in Spain 2021. In this contest organized by the Abanca Foundation’s Obra Social, Ángel participated in the category of Secondary and Baccalaureate teacher, and José, in Vocational Training.
But the penalties with bread are less, as the saying goes. Thus, Ángel Tercero was stunned by his second year high school students – Chemistry and Physics – at IES Octavio Cuartero de Villarrobledo. They surprised him with two gifts before the results were known this Monday: a huge card with the names of his students and a box of chocolates. “A very nice detail,” says this Albacete with that expression so from his land. The large-format card, with a huge bear on the cover and the word thank you, contains a clear and concise message inside: “You are ours (… for everything!) Number 1”.
“That is not paid,” says the teacher.
Although he has occupied the last place of the ten finalists, Ángel assures that he is very happy. “That the students of the IES Azarquiel de Toledo took the trouble to nominate me for these awards, it has been an honor for me,” he reaffirms. “Actually, the position is not something relevant; it is more important that you have been nominated and for that I am also very happy. I think it’s fair, “he considers. And he warns sailors: «I am still far from the first; Perhaps now, with the permanent position as a teacher, I will have time to develop more projects that I have in mind, thanks to that job stability, and to be able to continue improving ».
«There is a lot of level», José Melero summarizes with three words the quality of the contest, in which he already ranked eighth in the previous call. “This time I have dropped two places and I have been tenth, although I have added eight more points and I am happy”he says optimistically. “My students have that vision, but this year there is a higher level,” he insists.
Since ABC published his pass to the final, this teacher from the Albacete Elite training center has received the congratulations of the inhabitants of La Roda, his hometown, “where I wanted to go unnoticed.” They have even congratulated her colleagues at the supermarket. But they have not been the only ones. Also all his students of Administrative Management Activities, who they have threatened to re-submit his candidacy for the contest in 2022. Will the charm go to third time?