Memorial to Teacher Ada Pérez

Ms. Ada Pérez was a lovely woman who loved teaching math for 40 years. She was respected all through the Lux Mundi school and even famous for last year’s students. Her passion for the subject was like any other professor I have had before, and it was noticed by her way of teaching. Sincerely, teacher Ada was a great professor and one of the best I had in my life.

Teacher Ada Pérez from the math department passed away this summer due to some complications that she had fought since the beginning of the year. I was one of her students for the 2019-2020 school year, being part of the last class she taught. Teacher Ada taught in Lux Mundi for over 20 years and even managed to teach my two older sisters back in 2001 and 2004. I can genuinely say that math and education were her passion since she gave her all in these aspects until the end. As a product of this, students like me learned a lot within this year, and her class guided us to know if we should choose a major related to math.

Teacher Ada’s class was my favorite subject, and I understood her method of teaching. I even achieved my highest grades on the subject with her, including a perfect score. I found that with the classwork and being genuinely interested, you were more than able to get a high grade. She was always famous for her tough exams. I found them challenging but necessary to develop your math skills. Her old school methods of doing the exercises helped me tremendously and gave me strict discipline in math. She was one of my favorite math teachers ever, playing a massive role in my more in-depth understanding of the subject.

I can relate this situation to one of the three stories that Steve Jobs mentioned in his commencement speech at Stanford back in 2005. He talks about death, and how every day he looked into the mirror and asked himself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. I believe that this was the case with teacher Ada: giving classes for more than 40 years, and with a smile on her face, lets me know that she was frankly in love with mathematics and education. I once read in a book that in life, you have to consistently choose the things you want to do over having to do them. Do this and you will find happiness in your life. Teacher Ada is a perfect example of this statement.