File photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD
TMECHS dance teacher Jose Rodriguez received a surprise $1,000 gift card to Walmart as part of the McDonald’s HACER Education Tour series.
Rodriguez received the news during a surprise Zoom call with representatives for Cool Speak, and TMECHS students and staff. The segment was recorded and will be shown during the HACER Education Tour segment on Wednesday.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive the HACER award,” Rodriguez said. “There are so many deserving teachers in EPISD and I am blessed to work with many of them here at TMECHS.”
This is the first time the organization along with partner Cook Speak awarded an educator as part of the tour. Cool Speak partners reached out to several schools in their network to secure nominations for an educator that has gone above and beyond for their students.
Ernesto Mejia of Cool Speak announced the award to Rodriguez during the call.
“We were looking for an educator that was beloved by students and peers, has gone above and beyond the call of duty, someone that students could easily hae nice words to share about and represents someone that fits the (#HACERmore) hacer more theme,” Mejia said.
TMECHS student Hector Borrego participated in the Zoom congratulations call thanking Rodriguez for being a mentor, a father figure, class sponsor and “above all, a friend.”
“Mr. Rodriguez, you are phenomenal at what you do,” Hector said. “You impact lives deeper than you could possibly know.”
The McDonald’s HACER Education Tour is a series of workshop events consisting of motivational assemblies, leadership development workshops, and parental involvement workshops. This year’s virtual workshops aim to motivate and inspire students to overcome challenges and pursue a higher education; all to provide educators, students and parents with relevant inspirational messages and exposure to key educational resources, while bringing awareness to the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship.
The final session is at noon Nov. 4. Sign up at hacertour.com.
Story by Reneé de Santos – EPISD