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...

Pharr middle school student wins national letter-writing contest

A Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School student wrote one of four winning letters in the Imagine Learning National Students LOVE Literacy Contest. Classmates in...

PSJA ISD Student of the Week: Caroline Castillo

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORAge: 17School: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High SchoolGrade: 12thParents’ names: David Castillo and Mary CastilloExtracurricular activities and hobbies: For six years,...

Edinburg teacher to retire after 42 years with school district

Susan Smith, the Edinburg school district’s retiring audio video production teacher, remembers one student in particular during her 42 years with the district. Smith, who taught journalism for seven years before switching to audio video production, said she had the student in her first period class, that is whenever he bothered to show up. The poor kid just couldn’t wake up in time. Not a morning person herself, Smith was sympathetic. One day she had a chat with the kid. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Great reasons to visit your local library

METRO Many people have a wonderful resource at their disposal just minutes from their homes. This resource can transport them to distant lands, teach their...

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...

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...

Far from home, UTRGV athlete recovering from surgery embraced by hospital staff

When she couldn’t be with her family, Talita Olivera De Paula adopted a new one: the staff at Edinburg Regional Medical Center. The family of the 24-year-old native of São Paulo in Brazil couldn’t be there for her college graduation or at her bedside when she was recovering from spinal surgery. That’s when the Edinburg Regional staff stepped up. “I was there without my family, and they turned into my family,” De Paula said of the nurses, physicians and physical therapist who helped her during her three-week recovery after spinal surgery at the Edinburg hospital on April 29. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

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...