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Sandra Davila, Grand Prairie, TX

September 27, 2010 · Posted by admin

As a child, my parents instilled the importance of an education. My father and mother only completed fourth and sixth grades respectively so finishing high school was the greatest accomplishment in their eyes. They left Mexico to start a new life in the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their children. As I prepared for my high school graduation in May of 1992, I remembered my childhood dream of going to college but I knew that furthering my education would be a financial burden to my family. Fortunately, a dear friend of my mother’s inspired me to continue by seeking help from the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) in the spring of 1992. Before I knew it, my dream became a reality. The services that I received from the EOC, including accessing needed financial aid, allowed me to enroll at North Lake College in the fall, 1992. EOC showed me the path to college, a dream that seemed unattainable. After a year at North Lake College, once again I sought assistance from the EOC to transfer to the University of Houston the following school year. In May, 1997, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish. Since then, I obtained my Classroom Teacher Certificate from the University of Houston (2001) and received my Master of Arts degree in Teaching a Second Language from Bennington College in Vermont (2005). In addition, I completed the necessary school principal’s certification from UTA in 2007. I have been an assistant principal for the past two years at Adams Middle School in Grand Prairie, TX. As an educator, I am devoted to helping students reach their goals in the classroom. I want to be their role model. As a teacher, I reached out to the students in my classes. As a campus administrator, I am able to reach out to more students and make a greater impact in their lives. EOC reached out and helped me with my dream and now because of this great program, I am able to reach others through my profession. I know I can make a difference in my community. I am the little girl from Grand Prairie, Texas who, despite all odds, achieved the American dream. It’s hard to imagine what would have been of my life had EOC not assisted me in my education goals. John Dewey once said, “Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”