Hail and farewell to Jaime Escalante, the immigrant from Bolivia who was also an incredible teacher. The classic 1988 film "Stand and Deliver" was based on his story, as he taught calculus in Los Angeles. Escalante was 79. Here is his obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
If you haven't seen "Stand and Deliver," go see it at once! Escalante is played by the legendary Edward James Olmos. I remember how my AP Calculus teacher showed us the film in class when we were about to take our AP exams!