Student of the Week: Bryan Estrada

Bryan Estrada

Bryan Estrada had always been driven by an intense work ethic. After 20 years in the oil field and spending so much time away from his loved ones, Bryan said found himself seeking a life changing career.

He decided on a career choice where he would be able to make a difference in someone’s life, and one in which he desired nothing more than to be a great role model for students. He soon recalls that there was nothing more than he wanted to do than to be a teacher and a coach.

A graduate of PSJA High School in 1997, professors at STC have recognized Bryan for his outstanding leadership over the past year, maturity and determination to make a difference in any area that he serves whether its within his church or in the classroom. He is currently majoring in Education and plans to attend the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley to pursue both a degree in history and a minor in kinesiology.

“I am really focused on becoming a History teacher. I want to be a coach but that’s not my real goal. I want to go into high school and be an influence on our children,” said Bryan. “As of right now, I am a substitute teacher. It’s from kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade and I have really enjoyed it”

Not only is Bryan serving within his church and exemplifies leadership skills there, but he has shown outstanding leadership over the past year as a club officer for Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at South Texas College Mid Valley Campus. The club is proactive in a wide range of activities on and off campus.

The club served as a model for service to and support of charity events for Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, and Bryan served as a student delegate.

Top accomplishments:

“After 20 years of being out of school, returning back and opening up the books again is an accomplishment.  I know there is a reward for coming back. I just have to do it and yes there may be sacrifices you have to make but the outcome of it all would be success!”

“I attend The Family Church and have been appointed the ministry leader for the Men of Valor.  We started off with 6 men roughly two years ago and today, now have close to 130 men. I truly love seeing the positive impact that we have been able to have on our men. This is my joy”

“Being a man of God and allowing him to work in me and through me. I’m a man of strong faith. Through Christ all things are possible and if there is an impossible in your life seek God and know that there is nothing that you can’t accomplish.  Believe and strive for it.”

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