I was born and raised in San Isidro, Jalisco, Mexico. I attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1998. Due to scarce resources, limited academic opportunities, and an oppressive financial situation, I came to Walla Walla, Washington in the United States of America as an undocumented immigrant when I was 18 years old.
Shortly after my arrival and not knowing how to communicate in English, I enrolled in Walla Walla Community College. I graduated with my AA and transferred to Washington State University becoming the first one in my family to graduate with a four-year degree. I earned my BS in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Theoretical Mathematics, a BA in Spanish, a teaching certificate, and a master’s in education.
I have been working with the Pasco School District teaching mathematics since 2007. I have been serving all students, especially those bilingual and recent immigrants, and I am also teaching at Columbia Basin College teaching students who want to earn their GED. My passion as a union member and advocate for students started when I was trying to find ways to fulfil not only students’ academic and educational endeavors but also their emotional and personal needs. Currently, I am serving as an NEA State Director from Washington State.
I have been working with educators in my local and across the state to train other members about implicit biases, culturally responsive classroom strategies, and human and civil rights and equity issues.
I am currently married to Martha Nallely Aceves Velazquez and have a daughter, Sofia, who was born on a special day, 7/11/17.