A vibrant graphic arts lecturer, Claudia Saldaña Corral reveled in cultivating creativity within her students at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, but her decision to volunteer at a nearby community center brought her in contact with a special group that altered her career path.
Dr. Elena Izquierdo is faculty at the University of the Texas at El Paso in Teacher Education (UTEP), and the Program Area Chair for Bilingual/Biliteracy at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Dr. Izquierdo is the previous Chair of the Teacher Education Department and an Associate Professor in the College of Education, and the principal investigator of a National Professional Development grant, Project LEAD that focuses on transforming schooling for EL educational success.
What started as an impossible dream for a small-town girl of modest means turned into a tale of discovery and accomplishment for Cyndi Giorgis, a first-generation college student who is now the new dean of UTEP’s College of Education.
Once again, UTEP was ranked by Washington Monthly magazine among the Top 10 of all U.S. research universities, and for the third consecutive year, UTEP was ranked #1 nationally for fostering student social mobility – enabling students from modest backgrounds to set and attain the highest educational and life aspirations.