At KIPP we often highlight our amazing alumni that come back and teach at KIPP, but what about our incredibly accomplished alumni that are doing other great things?
KIPP 3D Academy alumna, Dolores, graduated from Baylor University in 2014 and currently works as the Marketing Consultant and Social Media Director for ESPN Deportes.
1. What is your fondest memory of KIPP?
My fondest memory would have to be my 5th grade trip to Washington, D.C. I enjoyed visiting the Holocaust museum, Lincoln Memorial, White House and Capitol Hill. Last November, I returned to D.C. for the first time since my KIPP Field trip. I advocated on behalf of modernizing the Charter Schools Program section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act alongside Mike Feinberg, Green Dot, Uplift Education, Idea Public Schools, and many other charter schools. It was an unforgettable experience! The House passed the bicameral bill to replace No Child Left Behind and improve K-12 education by a vote of 359 to 64 in December 2015.
2. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Oh that would have to be Dan Caesar. He was a teacher and the principal during my years at KIPP:3D! He could do it all -- incredibly motivational! My love for football grew in middle school. Thanks Mr. Caesar, I knew everything about the New England Patriots (he would talk about them nonstop). It meant the world to have my favorite teacher attend my graduation from Baylor University in May of 2014. I am so thankful -- I will never forget it!
3. How did KIPP impact your life?
KIPP has impacted my life in so many ways. KIPP taught me how to "Work hard" and "Be nice." Those characteristics are important for success. KIPP is like my second family, which is why I am involved now with KIPP PALs, the young professionals group. KIPP helped me through many challenges in my life to and through college -- giving back is just the right thing to do! As a KIPP PAL, I am volunteering my time through the Boys and Girls Club, assisting with the Annual Dinner, helping with the Young Ladies Conference, and more. I love connecting with the kids, making crafts, and sharing stories.
4. What is your favorite “KIPPism?”
Building a better tomorrow. I love by that motto! In order to have a better tomorrow, we must make good choices today. I believe it's extremely important to empower our youth for a better future. If we all work together, we can see a change in the world.
5. What are you doing now?
I am doing everything possible to be successful. I am a marketing consultant, social media director, and reporter for ESPN Deportes. I love learning more about sports, interviewing athletes, and connecting with different people in the media. I've had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite athletes in Houston, like JJ Watt and Dwight Howard. You can catch me on the Happy Hour show on Yahoo! Sports radio or check out my articles on espn975.com. Last but not least, I'm a Track & Field Coach at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. "The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled." Being an inspiration is all about leading by example and right now I'm trying to be the best role model I can be.