Sanchez is currently working towards her masters degree in curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation in May, she will enter a doctoral program focusing on Educational Psychology with an emphasis on the brain.
“I hope to discover ways to create sparks for students who are struggling,” says Sanchez. “So many students arrive in our classrooms that are not having those ‘aha’ moments that are so very rewarding to see as a teacher.”
Sanchez says the scholarship award will serve to help cover educational costs such as tuition, books, and a computer.
The award was only a small part of a two-day celebration hosted by Fiestas Patrias in order to instill culture and educate the community. Each year, the organization holds a parade and festival celebrating traditional Hispanic culture estimated to draw in approximately 25,000 people to the community.
This year, students from multiple CSISD elementary schools participated in the parade. In addition to the marching students, the parade featured colorful floats, dancers, mariachis, and The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
“It was wonderful to see so many CSISD students, families, and staff participating in this cultural event.,” said Marina Rodriguez, CSISD dual language teacher and Fiestas Patrias volunteer. “It’s a large part of our organization’s mission to educate young minds.”
Rodriguez says she looks forward to continued participation from CSISD students and staff, as well as the Bryan/College Station community as a whole.