From Puerto Rico to Cowart Elementary: Teacher reflects on journey (video)

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Luis Díaz, a third-grade teacher at L. P. Cowart Elementary School, wants to give Dallas ISD students what his teachers in Puerto Rico gave him … an opportunity to get to know the world through education.

“My teachers helped me travel, imaginarily through their lessons, so I grew up with a passion to discover the world,” he said.

Díaz has traveled to 20 countries, and that experience has allowed him to appreciate people’s culture and heritage. The nine-year teacher also motivates his students to aim high.

“I come from a public school system and I tell my students that if I have overcome obstacles and have been able to accomplish my dreams of traveling around the world and teaching, they can do the same thing,” he said. “I tell them to not stop dreaming, but most importantly, to be proud of their heritage.”

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