Rachel Rodriguez Garza Named RGV LEAD Counselor of the Year

Vol. 2, Iss. 7 | March 2021

This year’s RGV LEAD Counselor of the Year, Rachel Rodriguez Garza, is the epitome of a Career & Technical Education counselor. She enthusiastically tends to the tasks at hand with the same vigor and vitality she experienced on her first day as a CTE counselor thirteen years ago. She has utilized her Spanish expertise to translate CTE terminology throughout her tenure as a CTE counselor. Her expertise is partly due to her teaching Spanish for ten years before becoming a CTE counselor.

When asked to take on new CTE projects, this dedicated counselor analyzes the projects, develops strategies for how to do them, and then runs with them! She recruited and organized the first RGV LEAD Ambassador team in her district, which consists of four high schools. She ensured that the students actively participated in the RGV LEAD Ambassador regional leadership development conferences and practiced the skills at their high school. 

In addition, Rachel has served as a regional supervisor for RGV LEAD’s Academic Leadership Alliance program. The teacher summer externship program requires a highly organized counselor with a certificate in educational supervision to keep records of other teachers’ externship hours, logbooks, and lesson plan creations. RGV LEAD feels blessed to have had her as a supervisor for A.L.A. 

As educators nationwide, the 2020 school year was challenging because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That did not stop this dedicated counselor from rising to the occasion by ensuring that her CTE staff and students would receive the best education possible despite the in-person setbacks. She put what Oprah Winfrey once said into practice: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Rachel delivered a powerful acceptance speech crediting her parents for instilling a love of learning. RGV LEAD is proud to share that speech with you!

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