Teacher Earns Master's Degree

posted 3/21/24 -- Damaris Velazquez Rodriquez enjoys witnessing student growth in her dual language classroom. Now, she is celebrating growth of her own with a new master’s of education degree from Grand Canyon University.

“I chose to complete my master’s degree to support young, atypical students and students with special needs in developing and learning new skills and reaching their developmental goals,” the former Head Start parent said. “My long-term goal is to support students with disabilities and special needs and advocate for their rights.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico’s Aguadilla Campus, she moved to New York City where she worked in a Head Start classroom for three years. She has been at Hopkins Locke for one year making positive impacts.

“It is gratifying to help students learn and develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills and a strong foundation in their developmental years,” Velazquez Rodriguez said. “I also like to work at Head Start to collaborate with families and communities, creating a supportive environment for young children.”