Ruben Alonzo is a proud graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. in Economics. After MIT, Ruben obtained an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and specialized in Prevention Science and Practice. After five long years in Cambridge, he relocated to Pharr, Texas as a 2012 Teach For America corps member. Ruben is a founding teacher at IDEA Pharr College Preparatory and has served in multiple roles ranging from grade team leader to content leader. In his first year of teaching, Ruben and his students achieved a 98% passing rate on their STAAR Algebra I EOC (compared to a 78% state average). Ruben now serves as IDEA Pharr’s Assistant Principal of Instruction and coaches and develops the math department. In his continued pursuit of promoting educational excellence and youth empowerment, he will soon receive his Ed.M. in School Leadership from Columbia University.