The state of Texas has close to 3,000 colonias, with most of them found along the Texas/Mexico border (“Colonias in Texas,” n.d.) and the most citizens of any state living in colonias. I grew up in a colonia in South Texas called Las Milpas, located in Pharr, Texas. Colonia children are often stigmatized and marginalized. This autoethnographic study is a look into my life as an educator and the social and cultural factors that have contributed to my survival and success. As a child, I lost both my mother and father. I was fortunate that my oldest sister, Margarita “Margie” Garcia, raised me.
Through the use of personal narratives as data, I explored events that have had a significant effect on my own and professional lives. These events have shaped my axiology, what I value, and my ontology, who I am as a person- my state of being. The experiences range from professional to personal, but all have influenced my life as an educator as I worked in the service of others, especially children. Relationships, community, and mentorship have equipped me with the skills and experiences to draw upon as I make decisions that impact children and staff.
|Advisor:||Menchaca, Velma, Guajardo, Francisco|
|Commitee:||Guerra, Federico, Garcia, Alejandro|
|School:||The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley|
|Department:||Department of Organization and School Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Autoethnography, Colonia, Leadership, Narratives, Personal, Self|
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