Tony-Award Winning “In the Heights” featured Latino roles, themes, music and dance experience

Brian Warren, an assistant professor of theater at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said the school’s theater department works to bring a...

Experiences as a student led to Teach For America member’s career path

Amanda Peña teaches ninth grade English Language Arts at PSJA Southwest Early College High School. She is a 2017 Teach For America corps member. What...

STC Student of the Week: Ira Flores

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORAbout Ira: Ira Flores believes a positive mindset sets a strong example for her family and herself. It has helped...

Roma educator wants to close gap for underserved communities

Alejandra Contreras is a 2017 TFA corps member teaching 10th grade geometry at Roma High School. What motivated you to apply to join Teach For...

Valley educator promotes ‘Kids of Color In Tech’

Border Kids Code co-founder, Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, didn’t try sushi until after college. Before that, she didn’t even know what it was.Her son, however, tried...

6 YA novels to add to your summer reading list

“Superman: Dawnbreaker” by Matt de la Peña The fourth installment of the DC Icon series is finally here! “Superman: Dawnbreaker” is the book I have...

Education Spotlight: ‘Music Educator of the Year’ awarded to La Joya fine arts administrator

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORLa Joya ISD’s head fine arts administrator, Jose Ruben Adame, was named the 2018 Texas Outstanding Music Educator of the...

Education Spotlight: Hidalgo ISD student earns U.S. Border Patrol Head of the Class Award

Hidalgo Early College High School senior Jose G. Esparza III is a recipient of the 2019 U.S. Border Patrol Head of the Class Award. Esparza...

Rio Grande Valley native works to close digital divide

It was the early 2000s, and Daniel Lucio, a Harlingen native, was staring into the screen of his family’s new computer, searching the web...

Teach For America gives Juarez-Lincoln educator a way to give back to RGV

Maria Villalpando Lopez teaches English 1 for ninth graders and technical writing for grades 10th through 12th at La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School. She...