Cecelia Montoya

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
University: University of North Texas at Dallas
Teaching Interest: Elementary Education

When Cecelia’s mom would ask her what she wanted to be, Cecelia’s answer usually was that she wanted to be a pediatrician or a nurse. That is until she signed up for the public service program as a high school junior and participated in an internship at a local school. She found that the young students energized and inspired her, and gave her the sense that she could make a difference in children’s lives.

Cecelia used to consider herself an introvert, but she felt an immense sense of pride about her Mexican heritage and wanted to express her profound love for her culture. In middle school, she joined the mariachi band, and through that experience, she learned to stand up tall, own her space, and project her passion to audiences. Today, she feels a stronger sense of confidence that she knows will serve her well in front of a classroom.

"I want to create an impact. Like forget about the lessons I taught — which is also important — but I want to go deeper than that. I want to help them build confidence, and I want them to understand that everybody has a gift, and I want them to find what they're really here for. That's what I want to give them."
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