TSTC grad continues family’s education tradition

Angel Flores followed in the footsteps of his parents and wife by becoming an educator. The 2019 Texas State Technical College graduate’s goal is to become a school counselor. (Photo: TSTC)

Angel Flores has seen the rewards of teaching children throughout his life.

The 34-year-old graduated from Texas State Technical College in fall 2019 with an associate of applied science degree in Education and Training. He is now a paraprofessional at Zavala Elementary School in Harlingen.

“I wanted to pursue a career in education because I wanted to be able to help kids,” said Flores, who was born in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and has been a resident of Harlingen since 2004. “Both of my parents are teachers and so is my wife. I have seen the great rewards of teaching. I want to be able to be a good influence for my students’ lives.”

How did TSTC prepare you for your career?

TSTC provided me with the tools and skills to obtain my job. I got hired for my current job while I was doing my student teaching, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had.

Who at TSTC had the most influence on your success?

There have been many people at school who’ve had a great impact on my career. Many of my instructors have given me advice and always were there to help me out. But more than anything, my family is my biggest influence on pursuing my education.

What are your future goals?

My future goals are to become a bilingual certified teacher and work for HCISD (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District). I also would like to get a master’s degree and become a school counselor.

What advice do you have for future TSTC students?

I would tell them to never give up. Getting an education is not an easy task, but it is worth it in the end.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.