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PSJA’s new superintendent credits parents for his desire to succeed

PSJA ISD’s new superintendent, Jorge L. Arredondo, is reminiscent of his predecessor, Daniel King, to some degree, in the sense that they both come from humble beginnings, but through hard work, diligence, tenacity, both rose to the tops of their chosen profession -- public education – with an earned doctorate in hand. In a way, even though some might say it sounds corny, the two men are proof positive that the American Dream is alive and well for anyone willing to put in the effort, time, dedication, and sweat it takes to succeed at one’s chosen profession. On the job now for a little over two months, Arredondo said recently that one of the things with which he's been impressed since he arrived here from Houston in late September is how PSJA ISD is so rich in equity. In other words, each school campus is on a par with all the others. There are no poor schools vs. rich schools, per se, based on which part of the tri-cities they are planted. Plus, said Arredondo, PSJA has the sort of dedicated staff he and the school board need to help keep the district moving forward. “I think that there’s an enormous amount of dedicated individuals (working for the district); and the students are very dedicated to their overall achievement,” he said during a recent phone interview. “I think everyone here works as a family. They work as a team. I’ve been very, very pleasantly surprised that we provide adequate resources in a very equitable manner that I’ve not seen before. Regardless of where that school is located, all our campuses have nurses, all our campuses have quality teachers, quality principals, assistant principals, librarians; and that’s not something that you see in many districts.” His Roots We all have roots, beginnings. Arredondo’s happens to be in Monterrey, Mexico, before his parents moved to the U.S. when he was approximately three years old. By the time he started kindergarten, his family had settled in Houston where his dad worked as a welder to put bread on the table. A caring teacher who took notice of him in high school urged him to seek a higher education. “I had a teacher my senior year of high school who took an active interest in me and helped me out a whole lot in trying to get into college,” Arredondo said. “I came from a working class family. We wanted ...

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