Dr. Jose L. Chavez has been an educator for 40 years, with twenty-eight of those years in the classroom and another twelve years in administration. He has earned a bachelor’s, masters and a doctorate in Spanish, political science and bilingual education, and has used his degrees to teach Spanish, beginning in public high school all the way up to undergraduate and graduate university classes. In his storied career, he has lent his expertise to St. Joseph’s Academy in Brownsville, Harlingen, Los Fresnos, Southmost College, Pan American University, The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas A&I in Kingsville. He has now been an STC Adjunct Professor at Progreso Early College High School for 7 years, teaching Spanish 2313 and 2315.
Dr. Chavez has been awarded various honors throughout his career: Professor of the Month, Professor of the Year, President of the Doctoral Organization (ADOBE), Parliamentary Bilingual Organization (TABE) at the state level. He has also had three poems, “To my mother,“ “Put on the huaraches” and “Chicano!” published through Arizona State University’s Bilingual Review and a short story “The Man in the Cave” published through Passaic Community College, and “Terre Firme, story: The Christmas Gift” published through STC. Dr. Chavez’s hobbies include reading, writing songs poetry and stories and playing the accordion.