Name: Roger Pacheco
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Degree: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Graduation Date: May 2017
On May 6, College of Education graduate student Roger Pacheco will walk across the commencement stage proud and confident.
“My field is my life,” says Pacheco. “In school, I am my students’ guardian angel. I provide protection and assistance in whatever they need, and I do what I can to make sure that they feel safe and comfortable in my classroom. I love what I do, and I take pride in it.”
Previously a sergeant in the U.S. Army, this Miami native moved to Savannah to pursue a career in education after an experience with a child he helped during an Iraq tour of duty. Though the exchange was brief, the ability to help a child in need stuck with him. And after discussing options with a V.A. representative, he decided to apply to Armstrong.
“I chose Armstrong because of the strength of their education programs,” says Pacheco. “I had heard that the workload was rigorous and that the professors challenged the students.”
Pacheco earned a B.S in Middle Grades Education in 2012 and will graduate with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction this month. Currently an Accelerated Science teacher at Godley Station School in Pooler, he found his university internship experience particularly rewarding, as he was able to get hands-on leadership experience.
He also credits his professors at Armstrong for preparing him for his current role.
“My professors prepared me by first believing in my abilities,” Pacheco explains. “All of my professors saw something when I first started that I did not see myself. They saw a natural talent for teaching, and I am very appreciative of them for teaching me how to make the most of that talent.”