Jaime Ballesteros. Photo courtesy of LMU

A chemistry teacher at Animo College Preparatory Academy in Watts was among nine educators with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status honored by the White House Friday as “Champions of Change.”

Jaime Ballesteros was born in the Philippines, received a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and joined Teach for America as a 2014 California Corps member. He is pursuing a master’s degree in urban education at Loyola Marymount University.

President Barack Obama announced in 2012 that individuals who came to the United States as children and met certain criteria would receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, barring them from being deported and being allowed to apply for a green card, allowing them to work.

The Champions of Change program was created by the Obama administration as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

—City News Service

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