Jose Villagomez, Weslaco ISD


Mr. Villagomez and his family moved to the United States when he was six years old.  With the encouragement of his father, who was a veterinarian in Mexico and someone who always encouraged his son's education, Mr. Villagomez focused his attention his schoolwork in hopes of one day becoming and educator .  He graduated from Weslaco High School and went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Devry University and his master's degree from Keller Graduate School in Irving, TX.  Along with teaching Engineering Math at Weslaco High School, Mr. Villagomez is the UIL Academics Coordinator and sponsors Math, Calculator Applications, and Robotics.  After he completes his Masters degree from Harvard University he hopes to pursue a Doctoral degree.  

Rey Jope, McAllen ISD


Fourth place national rank in the Philippine Board Exam for Teachers in 1990. McAllen ISD District Secondary Teacher of the Year 2008. Published children’s book author (2014). These are just a few of the achievements that REYNALDO E. JOPE is very proud of.  He was born and raised in the Philippines, and he immigrated to the US in 1993.


Mr. Jope, who loves movies and karaoke singing, teaches geometry at Achieve Early College High School (McAllen ISD). After twenty-two years in the profession, he still teaches with passion, and he reminds himself on a daily basis that each of his students could very well be the center of someone’s universe, like he was the center of his beloved Mom’s.

 Jose Constantino, Mercedes ISD


I was born here in the Rio Grande Valley but grew up in several cities in the state of Tamaulipas.  I completed my elementary and junior high education in Mexico.  Once we moved back to the U.S. I attended Weslaco High School and graduated with a high school diploma.  That same year I enrolled at the University of Texas Pan-American.  I graduated with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2002.  I started teaching at Mercedes High School in 2003 and have been there ever since. I am currently teaching Algebra I and Algebra II; I am the Department Head and was the Girls Soccer head Coach for seven years.  I have been teaching for eleven years.


I became a mathematics teacher because I wanted to make a difference in our society.  I had great teachers growing up and I wanted to be like them, I wanted to inspire people to become somebody and achieve great things.  My greatest inspiration is my family.  My future goals include to graduate from Harvard with a masters degree in teaching mathematics and eventually become an administrator in an educational institution. 

Queen Claire Rizon-Martin, La Joya ISD


I graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.  I have taught Calculus, Computer Programming, and Algebra in difference levels from middle school to college.  I also have a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from UT Pan-American but still enjoy being in the classroom teaching mathematics to Early College High School students at Jimmy Carter High School in La Joya ISD. 


I like to challenge my high school students with college level work to ensure that they will be high performing students when they enroll in higher institutions.  

Crystal Chagoya, La Joy ISD


Ms. Chagoya is a graduate from La Joya ISD where she currently teaches at Cesar Chavez Middle School.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas - Pan American with a bachelor's degree in Science with a Middle School Math Concentration.  She was inspired to become a math teacher by the many dedicated math teachers she encountered in her academic journey.  She finds continuous inspiration from her mother, who always stresses the importance of education. 

Homer Colunga, Weslaco ISD


Mr. Colunga graduated from Weslaco East High School as the class valedictorian.  He went on to receive his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Texas - Pan American.  Before returning to his high school alma mater to teach, Mr. Colunga taught at South Texas College.  his experience working with underprivileged migrant children motivated him to become an educator. 


His goal is to change student's lives by giving them the advantage they need to succeed in college-level, gatekeeper math courses.  he plans to row and expand the in-house dual enrollment offerings at Weslaco East High School and ultimately work in secondary mathematics curriculum and instruction.  

Harvard Class of 2016

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