Where are they now? Scholarship winner helps students design their futures

Former scholarship winner now helps students as school principal

Before Israel Rivera even graduated from Skyline High School, he was running his own illustration business and receiving accolades for his work, which included commissioned work for portraits of Hispanic role models such as broadcaster Gloria Campos and actor Edward James Olmos. While attending the University of North Texas as a design major, he worked for advertising agency The Richards Group. But it was while mentoring students at his old school that Israel realized his true calling was helping children. Israel is now an elementary school principal in Dallas.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy working with students and steering them in the right direction.  I also enjoy supporting my staff is essential as well as they are the soldiers in the classroom.  It’s all about making change in the lives of students.

How did the Hispanic Communicators-DFW scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Being a first generation immigrant raised by a single parent, I would not have been fortunate to attend college without the support of scholarships and financial aid.  This scholarship provided me with the extra boost to get by during my early college years.  It allowed me to keep my studies at the forefront and not have to worry about where I would fund my higher education.

What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you in your career?

There’s never a dull moment in education and with what I do as a principal.  I have to say the craziest thing that ever happened to me was the time when I ripped my pants while restraining a student.  I could not go home and change, so I stayed in my office for the rest of the day.  Embarrassing!

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