Video: 'Not Your Average Student' featuring Rayburn's Maria Cortes

Video: 'Not Your Average Student' featuring Rayburn's Maria Cortes
Posted on 05/09/2017
Video: 'Not Your Average Student' featuring Rayburn's Maria Cortes

Maria Cortes is a Pasadena ISD student who has spent a lifetime moving across state lines with her family to work in agriculture. She speaks out about life as a migrant student and how she was able to overcome obstacles in pursuit of a high school diploma. She is “Not Your Average Kid.” #RedefiningSuccess

This is the first video in a series, created by the Pasadena Communication Department, that will showcase the experiences of students of various backgrounds and how they use their talents, skills and experiences to tell their personal success stories. 

Students who participate in the migrant program travel with their families for agricultural or fishing-related work. The PISD Migrant Education Program (MEP) is designed to address the needs of students who travel during the school year and ensures that they are not penalized by differences in the state’s curriculum.

In Pasadena ISD, over 160 students are considered migrant. Hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. work on U.S. farms to provide fruits, vegetables and fish for consumers. U.S. agriculture laws allow children to work at a young age in the field for unlimited hours outside of school, sometimes in dangerous conditions.

The Texas MEP provides migrant students with a chance to reach challenging academic goals, graduate with a high school diploma and be successful in college, a career and in life.

If you are interested in learning more about Pasadena ISD's Migrant program, please contact Abigail Ortega at @ortega@pasadenaisd,org.