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Hard-working freshman student keeps busy with athletics

Student Jessica Anguiano stands with a free weight machine.

Freshman student Jessica Anguiano has always enjoyed different extracurricular activities for the past few years. She likes the way they make her look in the eyes of her teachers and how they will look on her future college applications. 

Anguiano participates in cheer, band, powerlifting, and track and field at La Joya Highschool. Each morning, she travels to the neighboring school to participate in the activities. Cheer and dance have been stressful but she continues with her efforts.

“Just working toward a shared vision with other people and that blood, sweat and tears go into it and this big turnout outcome.” She says that you just become proud of yourself after everything. 

“I just think it would give kids a certain purpose,” She says that she would encourage others to participate in extracurricular activities. “and happiness throughout the day to see their friends and work hard to something that they’re going to enjoy.”

The activities are not at all easy and are stressful. She says that sometimes it feels like she needs a break but knows that she won’t have them. 

“In the end, it looks good, but I also have so many memories that I’m going to look back and be like, “I’m glad I did this and this.”

Carolina Amador, a proud volunteer

Carolina Amador with a pumpkin she made for JCECH autumn decorations.

Carolina Amador is involved in countless communities despite personal responsibilities, deadlines, college, and high school courses. These include UIL, FBLA, the Leo Club, and volunteering at the nonprofit organization Cancer Kids First. 

Amador joined the student council because she wanted to help her peers voice their concerns or opinions. Cancer Kids First and the Leo’s Club allow her to help her community. She feels a sense of attachment to the clubs because they allowed her to receive help from others. She wants to be able to repay the favor to her community.

UIL and FBLA give her a chance to ‘unleash my competitive side’ academically. She says they let her relax and gain skills she knows she can use in the future.

“My absolute favorite part of the student council, Leo’s Club, and the Cancer Kids First organization is the fact that I get to help out others,” Amador said. “My favorite part about UIL and FBLA is the competitive rush that I get.”

She said that she would encourage others to consider joining these organizations.

“I would say to them that by being in these organizations, they will not only get to relish the fact that they will make positive changes to their environment, but they will also be able to have lots of fun!”


Teachers point of view

From a young age, Alicia Castan knew she wanted to become a student educator. Life led her into motherhood first, while raising her children introduced her to her classroom goals. 

Today Alica Castan is a teacher at The Care Academy at Jimmy Carter ECHS where she continues to live out the dream she has had since she was just a little girl.

“When I was growing up I really wanted to work with students at a campus. I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to teach students, it was my dream job. I see myself later on in the future working with students, I think it is one of my passions. I really don’t want to do anything else,” Castan said.

Catan’s lifelong dream has led her to become motivated about teaching, as she sees this being her only career in the future.

However, Castan’s plans weren’t to teach just any students. Her aspiration was to teach students with disabilities. Seeing her children grow up by her side, she wanted to do more and teach them everything and anything. Knowing students with disabilities have a harder time than other students, she knew the path to take to be able to help these students.

“I love my job, I enjoy working with special needs kids because they are sweet and nice students, they have so much potential,”

Castan said. Although it takes longer to teach students with disabilities, this is no problem for Castan.

“It is a great opportunity to learn how to be patient and teach them hand-in-hand,” Castan said.

Castan loves her students and the association she has acquired with them within the two years she has been teaching. Always wanting to teach students, Castan makes the most out of her experience as a teacher creating bonds with her students.

“It is really fun because they say so many things, they joke and do different things, and before you know it, you’re just laughing. I really enjoy working in this position,” Castan said.

Brenda Trevino Recognized as Jimmy Carter ECHS Teacher of the Year

We would like to congratulate Ms. Brenda Treviño, our Biology instructor, for representing Jimmy Carter as Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to thank her and all of our Jimmy Carter and La Joya ISD Faculty who provide exceptional instruction day-in and day-out for our students. Thank you! #ThankATeacher#TeacherAppreciationWeek2020#LJISDShineBright#RedWolfPride

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