Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

May102017

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Applied Materials applauds teaching staff and administrators across the nation for their leadership, persistence and unwavering belief in our potential. Across the company, each of us has a story of how a teacher helped make us who we are today.
 
We are pleased to share a few employee highlights on the profound impact teachers have had on their personal and professional lives. On behalf of our global workforce, we thank all teachers for everything you do to inspire the creators, tinkerers and engineers of tomorrow!
 
Om Nalamasu, CTO | Santa Clara, CA
My favorite teacher taught me that calculus is the key to unlock the secrets of the world. He instilled in me a sense of love and wonder for math.
 
Mrs. Ramos, my kindergarten teacher, inspired me to want to learn everything I could and to be independent. To this day, I still strive to learn as much as I did that first year of school as a small five year old child.  Every time I see Mrs. Ramos, she still calls me her kinder baby - even after more than 40 years!Marisela Rios, Assembly, Integration and Test Manager | Austin, TX
Elaine Webb, Senior Materials Manager | Gloucester, MAAt age 17, I had no idea what I wanted to be or do to make my own way in the world. It was in my Reading High School engineering class that I met Mr. Wales and the course of my life changed. I loved the classes; he inspired and challenged me and nurtured my confidence. Senior year I was thinking about becoming a “gym” teacher, until he asked me, “have you thought about engineering?” He had a profound impact on my life, so much so that I visited him weekly for many years after graduation.
 
My favorite teacher, Ms. Marion, taught my seventh  grade science class. Ms. Marion not only wanted, but fully expected me to be successful in life. Knowing that she cared about me and my academic performance inspired me to be my best every day. Striving to be better each day helped me become the professional I am today.Carl Rounds, Operations Director | Austin, TX
Rachael Gifford, Executive Administrative Assistant | Kalispell, MTMr. Elmore, my eighth grade teacher, always pushed me to do my best and encouraged me when I was feeling down. He helped me get through the rough middle school years, and when I was in high school, I served as an aid for him so that I could continue to receive his support and guidance. Mr. Elmore passed away about 10 years ago but his memory will forever live on through me. He was a great teacher and friend.
My favorite teacher growing up was Mrs. Freitag from Hinsdale High School.  She taught me chemistry and physics, and was our Science Club sponsor. In addition to using tons of hands-on experiments in her classes, Mrs. Freitag loved and cared deeply for all of her students, no matter what grade they were getting in her class.Marla Britt Fields, PMP Certified Technical Project / Program Manager | Santa Clara, CA
Warren Speer, Customer Engineer | Hillsboro, OR
My high school Economics teacher, Mr. Zable, inspired and taught me many important life lessons. His high standards and pressure to achieve encouraged each of us to find ways to succeed in his course. Mr. Zable had a philosophy he shared at the beginning of the trimester: “With open eyes all the answers you will ever need in life will appear.” This philosophy stays with me today and has helped me to become a successful customer engineer.
 
We invite you to #ThankATeacher on Twitter and tag us @Applied4Good. To learn how Applied Materials supports high-quality education year round, please review our 2016 Education Initiative report.