Raymond Gonzalez is the proud son of Mexican parents who worked hard to provide him and his five siblings with a supportive, loving and culturally resourceful upbringing. With his mother’s tough love and father’s hard work and tenacity, Raymond proudly attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o studies and political science. Upon graduation, he joined the national nonprofit, City Year, and served in the Boyle Heights region of Los Angeles to serve students as a mentor, tutor and role model. During this time, Raymond fell in love with education and serving youth and consequently applied to Teach For America (TFA). He had the privilege to serve as a seventh-grade math teacher in the East Las Vegas area. Through TFA he enrolled at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and worked to get his master's in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. Raymond currently resides in Las Vegas and continues to serve the East Las Vegas community as the dean of the students at Equipo Academy, a charter school he helped to establish that focuses on getting students in this community to and through the college of their dreams.
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