"Transformative Education recognizes the importance of voice, the need for education to foster the critical consciousness that leads to speaking one's personal and social truth. Voice takes special force when words are not only spoken but written." (Ada and Campoy, 2004)
This quote sums up my view of education; we must promote education that encourages critical thinking and learning. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I continued with my graduate education at the University of the Texas at San Antonio. I completed my Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the Bicultural-Bilingual Studies Department in December 2011. My research examined the "pedagogies of the home" among Latina/o families and the ways that their consejos, cuentos, and notions of respeto informed a "college-bound identity." Prior to joining the Edgewood community, I taught four years of middle school science and language arts. Currently, I work as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M-San Antonio in the department of Curriculum and Kinesiology. I have also worked as an adjunct professor at UTSA in the Bicultural-Bilingual Studies Department.
I enjoy reading all kinds of literature, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with my family. I am married and I have two boys, Richard and Daniel. Both of my boys and my nephew, Devin influence my belief on "Transformative Education" in that, every child has the ability to achieve their career and educational goals and that institutions of education must foster a curriculum grounded in social justice for all families.