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Esmeralda Munoz

Esmeralda Munoz

Name: Esmeralda Munoz
Age: 36
Graduate Program: Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Hometown: McAllen

UTRGV became my home when I graduated from McAllen High School.  When I completed my junior and senior year in college and earned my bachelor’s degree in English, I knew that if I ever wanted to continue my academic career, I would do it here. I went on to earn a master’s in Educational Administration and will graduate soon with a doctorate in Educational Leadership. The professors at UTRGV are advocates for students of this region, and they instill a sense of motivation for those who venture out into the real world from our campus.

What made you decide on your current course of study?
I had a yearning to learn more about how I could impact the educational practices of this region. I knew that by learning how I could provide optimal educational leadership throughout districts, and lead in curriculum and instruction, I could help both students and districts reach their success. 

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to work in central office in the area of curriculum and instruction. However, ultimately, I will enter any door God opens for me. Every opportunity provided thus far has led to an extremely successful and very enlightening journey for me, one that I am profoundly grateful for.

What are you involved in on and off campus?
I am employed as the dean of instruction at McAllen High School. I work with teachers to provide support in the area of curriculum and instruction, and I work with students to ensure they are provided with the best academic setting possible.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment to date is attaining my doctoral degree. This, in combination with being a mom of three beautiful children, has made me the luckiest person in the world.

What advice do you have for future students?
The advice I give to future students is one that I still give to students today. Where we come from or whatever we have been through does not dictate what we will become in life. Although it is an integral part of who we are, and adds to the beauty of us as individuals, it will not prevent us from reaching our dreams. Use these negative situations as fuel to reach your goals, because you are your own motivation, and only you can make whatever you dream a reality. I am a female, minority, from a low socio-economic area and I was able to realize my dreams. You can too.