6. Manuel Calero, Principal in Retail:
I came to this country and enrolled in school speaking no English, not knowing a single person, and generally didn’t have a clue about how the school systems worked. Almost every single teacher I had went out of their way to get to know me and guide me. Simply accepting me as just another student would have been ok, but they didn’t see that as an option. It was almost as if I was a family member they just had to help. I am forever indebted to those teachers from decades ago who reached out to me, and who taught me the importance of caring about and taking an active interest in others. They lived inclusion, which they knew to be a verb not an attitude or passive concept. To this day, I do my best to follow in their footsteps and set a similar example at Vanguard by doing as they did for me.