Majors: Human Development and Family Sciences, French
TFA Region: 2019 DFW Corps
When you ask Diego what his story is, he doesn’t hesitate. Diego is originally from San Luis Potosi, in Mexico. His family came here in first grade so his dad could find a better job after the architecture firm he was working at closed. Diego then spent two years in bilingual classes before switching to an all English class.
Diego says it’s important to him that he include those details when he tells his story because those events have defined his outlook on life as an adult. Because of his family background, when Diego got to the University of Texas at Austin, he was academically prepared but still felt a bit of a culture shock. “Little things, like having friends who went to camp in the summer — that was so new to me,” said Diego. “But overall, it was an important thing. It broadened my horizons.”
Now, Diego is excited to help students who are both similar and different from himself prepare to go to college and explore the world the same way he got to. Diego said he had really great teachers in high school, and his French teacher helped him develop a passion for French. In fact, when he got to UT, Diego was so prepared he tested out of 12 French hours and was able to add it as an unexpected major. Now, he wants to pass that preparedness onto his own students.
Although it wasn’t what he saw himself doing originally, Diego decided Teach For America was the right choice for him because of his deep seated belief in educational opportunity. “ My public education was relatively underserved, but I had fantastic teachers that made the difference for me,” he said. “I want to be able to foster that same environment for my own students.”
For Diego, Teach For America represents a way to give back after all the opportunity teachers have created for him. He encourages those applying to ask themselves, “What does it mean to you?”