Strawn principal announces new opportunity

Strawn principal accepts assistant professor position at Concordia University
Posted on 05/17/2018


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Date:  May 17, 2018

Strawn principal accepts assistant professor position at Concordia University  
Dr. Patricia Rocha

After 23 years in public education, Dr. Patricia Rocha, principal for Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary, has accepted an assistant professor position with the College of Education at Concordia University Texas.  

Rocha served as a bilingual elementary teacher, district support specialist, and principal with Lockhart and Del Valle ISDs. In her new role as assistant professor, she aims to broaden her reach on public education by supporting future teachers in their undergraduate formation and prepare future school administrators in graduate and doctoral programs.

On the recent announcement, Rocha shared, “My whole career in public education has been dedicated to helping minority students have the best educational experience so that they may be able continue to higher education.  My journey now takes me to academia, mostly because I want to be there to support our students in this setting. The National Center of Education Statistics has found that of the 1.6 million faculty at degree-granting postsecondary institutions, Hispanic females make up one percent or less of the total number of full-time professors.  While it is difficult for me to transition to leave Strawn Elementary, helping students, especially future teachers, complete the P-20 pipeline is part of the work we all aspire to do.”

“Dr. Rocha has provided strong leadership at Strawn Elementary and as part of the district’s leadership team,” added Superintendent Susan K. Bohn. “While she will be greatly missed in Lockhart, we wish her well and know she will continue to support our Lions on the other end of the spectrum in academia.”

Rocha holds a Doctor of Philosophy in School Improvement from Texas State University, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Bilingual Education from St. Edward’s University.

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