American Graduate Champion: Montserrat Garibay

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

montserrat-garibayToday’s Champion is Montserrat Garibay. Garibay, Vice-President of Education Austin, Montserrat is a world-class early childhood teacher, a National Board Certified Teacher, a vigorous proponent for quality education and support for teachers, and a tireless supporter for the right of undocumented youth and their families. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Montserrat has in many ways been living the American Dream, but she’ll be the first to tell you that good things have only come about through struggle. She, her sister, and her mother escaped a treacherous situation in Mexico when she was a little girl, they all lived under fear of deportation as she grew up, but all the while she excelled academically and seized educational opportunity. As an adult, she has been constantly giving back to her society by becoming a top-notch teacher and scholar. With her turn toward policy and civil rights matters, Montse has stepped onto a larger stage but always, her heart and mind remain with those who are growing up in the conditions that she once faced. If we can help those youth and their families live more secure lives, we all benefit from the talents and energy they have to offer.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.