Facing Race & Education

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Date(s) - Monday, October 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas


Andy-CanalesAndy Canales
Chair of DISD’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, and Deputy Director, Early 
Childhood Education, Commit!

As the son of Salvadoran immigrants and the first one in his family to graduate from college, Andy has seen the transformative power education can have on an individual, family, and community. Passionate about expanding educational equality, Andy first worked in Head Start classrooms in Los Angeles where he helped develop children’s language and literacy skills. Andy’s (elementary/middle school) teaching experience in high-need communities in L.A., Miami, and NYC reinforced his dedication to expanding access to a quality early childhood education. Recognized for his contributions to his students and the school community, Andy was nominated Rookie Teacher of the Year at his school and was a runner-up for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award.

Seeking to expand his impact in education, Andy completed a fellowship through Education Pioneers where he led the development of the History curricula at a Houston high school. Before joining Commit!, Andy also worked as the Director of Civic Engagement at Symphonic Source where he managed and executed the company’s philanthropic initiatives, particularly in early childhood education.

Andy currently serves as Chairman of DISD’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and sits on the board of the Young Leaders in Education, an education service and advocacy organization with the SMU Simmons School of Education. Andy received his Master’s of Science in Education from Hunter College and graduated from Pepperdine University with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Religion.

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