Jose Parra-Azanza

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
University: Texas Tech University
Teaching Interest: Bilingual Early Childhood Education

You won’t find many college students serving as president of an elementary school PTA, but that is how much Jose cares about doing whatever is needed to ensure students have what they need to succeed. He knows what it is like to struggle. His family came to the United States when he was four, and both of his parents had to work two to three jobs at a time to pay the bills. That meant Jose, as the oldest child, had to grow up fast. In addition to fending for himself most of the time, he also was in charge of many household responsibilities, including getting his sister up and ready for, and to and from, school.

Jose is the first in his family to attend college, and his receiving the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers is a source of pride for his parents, siblings, and other relatives. He is now looking forward to his future as a bilingual early-childhood education teacher, and it feels like he’s been preparing and practicing for this role for a long time.

"Nobody in my family has ever gone to college, so they were always just really excited for me. It was really just a great moment for all of us. It feels like it was a winning moment, not just for me but for my whole family."
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