Pasadena High's Ojeda Selected for Dept. of Education Teacher Profile
Pasadena High teacher and coach Cirilo Ojeda
Pasadena High math teacher and football coach Cirilo Ojeda was recently honored with an on-line profile posted as part of the Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics sponsored by the White House and U.S. Department of Education.
The “#LatinosTeach” on-line campaign was established last year as a way to celebrate the careers of Hispanic teachers across the country. The primary goal of the campaign is to encourage more Latinos to pursue teaching careers.
“This just came out of nowhere,” Ojeda said. “I couldn’t be more proud to be an Eagle.”
Ojeda, a 1998 PHS graduate, was nominated for the on-line profile by Christina Flores, the sophomore counselor at the school.
Ojeda is completing his 11th year in the Pasadena ISD. He taught seventh-grade math for two years at Jackson Intermediate before joining the faculty at PHS as a math teacher and assistant football coach. He is currently the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.
“I think this honor is meaningful for any young male or female Hispanic student,” Ojeda said. “I think it helps send a message that you should never let economic circumstances, or your background, be an issue in what you do with your life. You can achieve any goal if you set your mind on it.”
While a student at PHS, Ojeda was active in the National Honor Society and law enforcement studies. He lettered one year as quarterback of the Eagles football team and also played baseball.
His wife, Angela, is a 1999 graduate of South Houston High School.
Cirilo Ojeda's #LatinosTeach Profile