In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama gave several examples of achievements across several industries. But his example of excellence in education hit close to home for Millie and Sam Engel of Burbank.
Their daughter, Kristin Waters, was recognized by the president for her exemplary work in Denver’s public school system.
“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado, located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said ‘Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing … that we are smart and we can make it,’” the president said.
“We are very proud. We had tears in our eyes when we heard her name mentioned,” said her father, Sam Engel.