New Story: Making of a Mentor

October 17, 2019 |

Trey Fisher distinctly remembers the first time he had a teacher that looked like him.

He was in a middle school gym class and he remembered looking up to see that the teacher was black. The moment has stuck with him.

“It was definitely comforting …  just to feel that representation,” he said.

Trey ultimately decided to commit his life to recreating that moment for others. He recognizes a lack of diversity in the teaching profession today and believes strongly in the importance of students seeing what success looks like — in being a role model and seeking out role models for himself.

In 2019, Trey was awarded the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. He is enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin as a math major and joined the UTeach program, a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher preparation program.


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