When he first heard of the tradition, academic reputation and unparalleled sense of community at Texas A&M, Jose Luis Zelaya said he fell in love with the university.
A first generation Aggie, Jose Luis chose to pursue his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees all at Texas A&M.
Throughout his time at the university, Jose Luis has received numerous awards from higher education institutions across the country for his leadership in the field and his engagement with children in urban regions. Countless national and international media outlets – such as the New York Times, CNN and The Guardian – have documented his personal story of resilience through a lifetime of hardships.
He studies urban education within the Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture. With his degree, he plans to provide educational resources to parents, school staff and children in the United States and Central America.
“I want to be a servant,” he said. “I want to be an educator. I want to be a source of information because I know that I represent Texas A&M University and I want to do that well.”