De la Garza, Lori

Ms. De La Garza, M.L.S.

ESL Strategist


I began teaching English Language Arts and Reading for the first time during the 2004-2005 school year in a neighboring district.  Throughout the years, I've enjoyed working with students ranging from 3rd to 8th grade. From as early as my first year of teaching, I began a passion to assist struggling readers by providing skills-based instruction as well as authentic reading experiences.  I've been blessed with the experiences of being a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Coach (2005-2011) and a Texas Literacy Initiative Coach (2015-2016).  Since 2016-2017, I began a new journey serving as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Strategist. One of my priorities as an ESL Strategist is to help our English Learners master their English language acquisition in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  I believe that the price of success is measured with diligence, consistency, and grit.  Every student is capable of reaching their level of success. With encouragement and support from their family and educators, they will enjoy the fruitful blossom of their efforts!

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”  
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Inspirational Videos:
They did it and so can you!

Dr. Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina woman (and 3rd woman) to serve as Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  She grew up in New York from Puerto Rican born parents.  She continued her education at Princeton University in 1976, and then to Yale Law School to become an attorney.  She obtained her distinguished degrees even though her home life was difficult due to her humble beginnings.  She wanted to be a protector of people's rights and help them solve their problems through the eyes of the law!

I heard Dr. Jose Hernandez (former NASA Astronaut) and engineer speak about the difficulties he faced growing up as a migrant farm worker.  He had all the odds against him.  He came from a very humble family and moved
constantly throughout his upbringing due to his family's economical factors.  His speech was very inspiring and reminds me that we must always work hard to achieve our goals.  (NABE State Conference 2017)

Dr. Ellen Ochoa is the world's first Hispanic female astronaut that went to outer space! She is born from Mexican immigrant parents.  She majored in physics and received a doctorate degree in electrical engineering.  When she was younger, 11, it was very uncommon for women to work as astronauts at NASA.  It was until her time in college that she learned that NASA was selecting diverse individuals, including women. Thus, she applied to the NASA astronaut program and was accepted due to her intelligence and hard work.  

Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa 
is from a small village in Mexico.  His influence was his grandma, the town's mid-wife and healthcare provider.  His family was struggling with money and he wanted to help them live a better life.  He worked as a migrant farm worker with his family to help his family put food on their table.  He is now known as a very famous and successful brain surgeon!  

Our country has had many important Hispanic leaders that have contributed to our great nation.  Everyone has a story, some more difficult than others.  If we work hard enough, then we can leave a positive impact on our own lives and the lives of others!  Regardless of one's starting point, there's always room for growth!