(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Flora Guerrero is majoring in Mathematics at Texas State Technical College and expects to earn her associate degree this semester.
The Los Fresnos native holds a 3.75 grade-point average and is a work-study employee with TSTC’s enrollment management.
When the 20-year-old isn’t busy on campus, she serves as a teacher for second through fifth grade at her church in Olmito and is a member of a Catholic ministry called, “Conquistando Las Naciones Para Cristo,” or translated, “Conquering the nations for Christ.”
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate I plan on working as either a math teacher assistant or substitute teacher and I will pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a teaching certificate online through Texas A&M Kingsville.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to become a high school math teacher. This is the age where students get discouraged in the subject and I want to be there to change their outlook on math and encourage them.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishment while at TSTC is my Grade Point Average. I’m very proud that I’ve been able to maintain such high grades and that I’m close to earning my degree. I will be the first from my family to graduate college and I hope that I am setting an example for my younger sister.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
The greatest lesson I have learned throughout life is patience, especially as a teacher. Every child is different; has different learning styles and different needs. This is why patience is so important in my field.
Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?
My supervisor Rebecca Davila, executive assistant for TSTC Student Development, has had the greatest influence on my success. Her positive attitude is contagious and she’s always making sure I do my homework, study and doing well in my classes. She truly cares. And actually, everyone I work with is great and has influenced me in one way or another.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
My advice for future TSTC students is to focus on a goal and the end product, not so much the work it takes to get there. I’m not saying don’t study, because that’s very important to reach success, but when times get hard, know it’s only a season and it shall pass. It’ll all be worth it in the end.