B.S in Pre-Medical Biology from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2010. Joshua, a Teach For America alumni, began his career in education in the Lower Rio Grande Valley over 7 years ago. He has taught a variety of science courses ranging from middle school science to Biology and Chemistry. As a founding 2012 Summer Principals Academy-New Orleans cohort member, he has had the opportunity of evolving with with the program from a student, to instructional assistant, and now an instructor for Conflict Resolution. Joshua is currently the Dean of Instruction at Mercedes Early College Academy, an early college high school in south Texas that prepares students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship through a unique partnership with South Texas College. Joshua is responsible for the supervision of all instructional programs within the school, evaluating lesson plans and assessments, and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies consistent with research on learning and development. Joshua aspires to be a school leader dedicated to creating an environment where innovation and risk-taking play a fundamental role in fostering educational change.