‘Teaching for America’: Galindo will speak in Washington at summit

SAN BENITO — They were from New York, Boston and Colorado.

Two of the Teach for America instructors were white, and the other two were Asian.

All four had just graduated from Harvard. They were young, in their early 20s, and had plenty to share about their lives.

For Hector Galindo, who was growing up in Raymondville, having these four young teachers in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades opened his eyes to a larger world.

“Their life experiences were completely different from ours, in terms of income, quality of education, the access that they had,” said Galindo, 27, who went on to become a Teach for America instructor himself.

Galindo, who now teaches at Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas in San Benito, has remained involved with Teach for America the past six years while promoting the STEM professions. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Galindo has now been asked to speak at the Teach for America’s 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C. this weekend. He will speak at the “Building Robust Networks to Support Diversity, Equity and Access in STEM and Computer Science Education” sub session.

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