Techies Gather in El Paso to Honor Local Educators

(El Paso, TX) — Nov. 1, 2018 – As the nation continues its unprecedented focus on math, science and technology, a coalition of El Pasoans have identified a select group of local educators who are preparing this region’s next generation of professionals to become leaders in the quickly evolving technology fields.

These eight educators — stellar performers from campus programs throughout El Paso and Las Cruces — will be honored at a banquet Nov. 8 at the Wyndham Hotel in El Paso. Organizers expect this event to be an annual platform that highlights people who are successfully inspiring students with innovative, engaging instruction and experience.

“We want to recognize educators who do work that is not necessarily in the headlines,” said Joseph Sapien, executive director of the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) foundation, which is hosting the banquet as part of its mission to bolster student success with tech programs and community partnerships. “These are boots-on-the-ground educators, working and going above and beyond their expected responsibilities, pursuing projects both inside and outside their schools,” he said.

The banquet’s lead sponsor is the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) — a non-profit education policy and advocacy group dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for area students.

“We made a commitment to the El Paso community and to our students that we are going to invest in their success — both by ensuring that they are adequately prepared for the rigors of college and the future of work,” said Richard A. Castro, chairman of the CREEED board. “We are proud to partner with the STTE Foundation to recognize the educators that are preparing our students for success and disrupting the classroom with innovation and new technology,” Castro said.

The keynote speaker for the noontime banquet will be tech giant Miriam Rivera, former Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Google and co-founder of Ulu ventures, which invests capital into promising tech entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds.

“While talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not,” said Rivera in her promotional video, and emphasized that too many young innovators are not allowed to contribute to the tech evolution simply because they come from historically oppressed demographics.

“I believe my life has been made possible because I gained access to opportunity. I didn’t gain access to talent,” said Rivera, who struggled in Chicago’s inner city and rose to become an influential leader in the tech industry. “The best future is one that encompasses all of the tremendous diversity of talent that we have in this country,” she said.

The STTE Foundation is partnering with local organizations and school districts to ensure that El Paso students are not excluded from the growing STEM field and that opportunities for them to grow in this field are being built into their classrooms and campuses.

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Contact: Joseph Sapien Phone: (915) 240-5571

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