If you go by statistics, Raquel Perez wasn’t supposed to be a success story. She wasn’t supposed to be an educational inspiration. Raquel is a migrant farmworker from one of the poorest regions in the country. She never experienced a complete school year in one state. Migrants are among the student groups with the highest dropout rates. And yet Raquel is a success. She is an inspiration. And soon, she will stand before a classroom of students and show by example that they too can achieve their dreams.
Check out Raquel’s story and video of the road she has traveled, what kept her going when the odds were against her, and why her journey matters to the future of Texas.
Raquel’s story is the first in a series profiling select recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The inaugural cohort of 96 scholars received the honor for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are still open at several Texas universities for the 2019-20 school year.