Written by Julie Silva Friday, 20 June 2014 13:06
Cynthia Barrera intended to get a degree in nursing when she first attended Pan American University back when the program was just beginning. At the time, she wanted a career in which she could help people.
But the university delayed the program a year, forcing Barrera to try out other types of classes. Taking a course on music education changed the young college student’s plans, and she settled on a career as a teacher, earning a four-year degree in three years. That was in 1986.
Nearly three decades later, Barrera’s dedication to teaching has earned her the distinction of Secondary Teacher of the Year from La Joya Independent School District. She teaches English language arts to eighth-graders at Memorial Middle School.