Welcome to 6th Grade Ancient World History! First of all, l want to thank the universe for letting me be an educator, as I firmly believe this is my calling in life. My name Mr. Rodriguez! I was born in San Miguel, El Salvador and have lived in the United States for over 18 years. I am the oldest of 4 children, who grew up in the Coachella Valley, often refer my many critics as an "unincorporated part of Riverside County.
Most of my childhood, if not all of it, I was surrounded by a population of Latino students where my drive for helping communities of color became a true passion. I was driven by the inequities in the social structure that permeates communities of color. As so, It was through these experiences that I realized how educational equity would be part of my ongoing commitment towards restorative justice where in 2011 I was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, granting me a full ride to the University of California Riverside. Here I majored in Latin American and Ethnic Studies with Highest Honors where my search for change and my ambition for equity and justice led me to apply for a Master’s Degree in Teaching at the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Social Studies.
For the past 2 years, I have been teaching 6th grade at this school site and the desire for change in my heart has led me to not only better my practice, but also to improve and motivate as many students as I can,
All along, I have dedicated my activism with various communities: foster children, children in detention and custody services, and migrant populations. I have traveled to other countries such as Mexico City, where I’ve learned that broken hearts constantly fight to be mended and shine in a galaxy of their own.
It is this collective solidarity that I seek through my work, where voices of the unheard become audible to the world, a stage where the beauty of emancipation should be a right to attain the highest level of intellectual. This is only but a few reasons why I decided to become an educator, my biggest reason being: giving students of color both a role model and a leader who mirrors their experiences.
Long live the Revolution!