The Texas Graduate Center (TGC), an initiative of the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, is proud to announce the teachers selected to participate in the Harvard Extension School Math for Teaching Graduate Program.

Rio Grande Valley math teachers selected to Cohort VI will not only engage in rigorous mathematics instruction delivered by Harvard faculty; but they will also develop new teaching strategies that will dramatically improve their ability to teach middle and high school students the math skills needed to succeed in life, work and academia.

As the teachers progress through the 3-year Master’s program, they will take courses offered online at the TGC in the fall and spring semesters while teaching in their district. They are also required to complete courses while in residence at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the summer.

The TGC is proud to be serving school districts across the Rio Grande Valley through the Harvard Math for Teaching Graduate Program. Two cohorts of teachers have already graduated from the program, while the 3rd Cohort graduates in May 2018 for a total of 22 graduates. The program is delivered through distance learning along with a summer residency at Harvard University. The goal of the program is to improve middle and high school student performance in mathematics by empowering local teachers with a world-class Harvard education. The following is a list of Valley math teachers selected to Cohort VI:

Raul J. Torre , Edinburg CISD – Edinburg High School
David A. Garza , La Joya ISD – La Joya North Academy High School
Ahmad M. Harb , La Joya ISD – Palmview High School
Francisco D. Rodriguez , Mercedes ISD – Mercedes Early College Academy Salvador H. Ovalle , Mission CISD – Mission High School
Evan A. Curtis , PSJA ISD – PSJA Early College High School
Albesa A. Pedraza , PSJA ISD – PSJA Memorial High School

The Texas Graduate Center (TGC), a component of the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, has been established to support programs in higher education that will guide new and emerging leaders in education to implement transformational change that will impact schools and communities. TGC offers distance learning graduate programs from outstanding universities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The TGC also makes available the latest telepresence technology and virtual classrooms with direct connection to world-class undergraduate and graduate programs from across the country. The Texas Graduate Center serves as a college and career readiness facilitator offering assistance in selecting, preparing and enrolling in nationally recognized online graduate programs from across the country.

Congratulations to our teachers and best of luck on your journey!