Sul Ross Middle School
San Antonio, Texas
"The beauty of literacy, empowerment, and positivity is what Arnulfo Talamantes strives for, and he has created an imprint of this among all students, staff, and faculty."
Arnulfo has transformed the culture of reading at Sul Ross Middle School through a number of innovative programs and initiatives, notably the Rebel Bucks program. Applying a bookstore model, students purchase and keep books using campus currency earned through positive behavior in the classroom, with the goal of empowering students and encouraging independent reading through building their own at-home libraries.
Outside of the library’s walls, Arnulfo has worked to connect students and teachers with the benefits of outdoor learning by establishing an urban community garden for the school as part of a program called Ross Roots. Colleagues noted Arnulfo’s stewardship of the garden has enormous educational and health benefits for the students, particularly teaching students about healthy food alternatives and fostering team-building activities.
Arnulfo was honored during the 2022 I Love My Librarian virtual award ceremony. Listen to his remarks below!