Student of the week: Doroteo Pena
Juggling four courses along with working as a part-time employee for the P.A.S.S. Program (Providing Academic Support to Students) at South Texas College, student Doroteo Pena shares that despite having a learning disability, he is grateful for the support system he has. With big plans to become a teacher, Doroteo is a successful student at South Texas College.
Thankful for his mother, welcoming professors, and mentors, Pena says that they have inspired and motivated him into this profession. Doroteo is currently working on his associate in Education and plans to transfer to Texas A & M in Kingsville to pursue his bachelors.
“I was teased back in elementary because I wasn’t able to read very well. I had a few learning challenges growing up, but I learned to overcome it,” said Pena. “I blocked out the negativity, and I did not allow it to have a negative influence on me. I was blessed with a great support system of mentors who encouraged me that I could learn this.”
Doroteo is passionate about working with children and becoming a special ed teacher. “I love working with kids, and I want to be able to make a difference in their lives. Growing up, not only did I personally experience being teased but also witness others being bullied because of their disability,” said Doroteo. “I want to be that teacher that ensures the child that they are capable of achieving anything they want to no matter what others may say or do.”
Doroteo shares the following advice to students:
“Take advantage of the opportunities that are present to you. No matter how big or small they may seem don’t let it pass you by. Don’t quit or be discourage, life has its challenges but it’s going to mold you into being a great individual.”
“Overcoming the obstacle of having a learning disability and not letting it affect me growing up I would say is an accomplishment. Here I am today, becoming a teacher.”
“I currently participate in the intramural sports at STC and through participation, I have created new friendships and have learned great time management skills too.”