June 28, 2018
Recent Cy-Fair High School graduate Jose Rivera (standing) teaches to students at Adam Elementary School as part of CFISD’s “Ready, Set, Teach!” program. Rivera, who plans to become an orchestra teacher and director, was recently awarded a scholarship valued at $1,000 from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.
June 28, 2018—Recent Cy-Fair High School graduate Jose Rivera was awarded a scholarship valued at $1,000 from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, which worked with CFISD’s “Ready, Set, Teach!” program in having participants like Rivera teach elementary school students.
Rivera plans to attend Sam Houston State University where he’s going to major in music and minor in education. His goal is to become an orchestra teacher and director, continuing a love he’s had since joining orchestra in middle school. Combining orchestra and teaching came about after taking a Principles of Education class as a sophomore.
“That introduced me to teaching,” Rivera said. “And at the same time, I was in love with orchestra. That was my passion so I figured I could use this passion that I have and try and give it to my students as a teacher so maybe they can feel the same way I did.”
Rivera and a few of his classmates in the “Ready, Set, Teach!” program spent time gaining real-life experience teaching at Adam Elementary School. Not only does being a role model appeal to him, but Rivera said with many students in music, teachers are building musicians from scratch, leading students on how to play the instruments, how to read the music and how to be a part of an ensemble for the first time.
Rivera will participate in the orchestra at Sam Houston State.
“Congratulations to Jose, a wonderful role model and future orchestra teacher,” said Sue Silhanek, Cy-Fair High School education and training instructor. “We are looking forward to another great year and the continued relationship with the Junior Achievement Program.”
The scholarship is also beneficial to Rivera, who is a first-generation college student. His family moved to Mexico and lived there for eight years before returning to the United States. He expressed his gratitude for the financial assistance, echoing what his parents had said.
“This is a big deal to me, knowing I just got a scholarship and it’s going to help me pay for things that now my family won’t have to pay for,” Rivera said. “I was obviously really thankful for that, and having everyone around me and my teachers who supported me.”