Imelda Gonzales

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
University: University of North Texas at Dallas
Teaching Interest: Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language

Imelda struggled with reading as a child and felt ashamed because of it. Her dad was a mechanic, and she loved learning about and working on cars with him. She even thought about pursuing a career in that arena. However, Imelda’s early childhood education experiences, coupled with her passion for equity, led her to want to be a teacher so she could ensure Hispanic children receive the support and quality education they need to be successful in school and in life.

While Imelda always thought teaching might be in her future, her interest was reinforced by her teachers, who encouraged and coached her during some difficult times and kept her focused on achieving her long-term goals. Her passion for teaching was solidified after she experienced firsthand the impact she could have while mentoring and tutoring elementary school students needing a little extra support.

"Helping children has influenced me to be a better person. Seeing them improve makes me passionate about being a teacher. When you become a teacher, you also become a role model. They look forward to seeing you every day, and sometimes they even want to be like you. What better way to help your community than become a teacher?"
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