A New Chapter Begins
History alumnus Héctor Navarro '17 answered the call to teaching after working for two years at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He wrote:
“After working 2 years at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, I felt a calling to teach. My inspiration came from my professors at SCU and my family. So I am now in my first summer quarter of the 2 year CatMAT Masters in Teaching and Credential program at SCU. Simultaneously, I will be teaching 6th-grade homeroom and middle school history at St. Patrick, a Title 1 School in downtown San Jose starting August. I am currently learning how to lesson plan and assess students in my MA Program, and I am still keeping up music practice! I currently play trumpet in Mariachi Santa Cecilia, and I love it. We play all throughout the Bay Area and occasionally have a gig here and there during the Covid Era. (We keep our 6 feet apart for sure.) In other news, I just moved out of my parents' house in South San Francisco to a studio apartment in Downtown San Jose, very close to St. Patrick School.
This is a new chapter in my life. Angie, Nico, my parents, and my late grandma always pushed me to consider teaching, and I think I made the right choice. I hope I can inspire kids to look at their world critically and fight for justice. Hope this is a good little snippet of my life right now! Other hobbies of mine have been drawing and playing soccer :)”