Raymond Gonzales

Guest Blogger

Director of Students, Equipo Academy

Las Vegas, Nevada

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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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

This Mother, Immigrant and Entrepreneur Is Here to Make the American Dream Come True for Her Family

Sitting down with Brenda Navas and having her walk me through her life was an emotional experience for us both.…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted Aug. 18, 2017

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know Before Their First Year of Teaching

When I joined the teaching force almost a decade ago, many veteran teachers warned me that classroom management was the…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

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