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Teacher Spotlight: Richard Lambert, Texans Can Academy- San Antonio

We’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on Richard Lambert, a business & data teacher at Texans Can Academy- San Antonio. Impact Manager Summerlin Northrup nominated Mr. Lambert for a teacher spotlight. She shared:

“Mr. Lambert is truly a joy to work with as a third year Roadmap to Success teacher at San Antonio Can Academy. Walking through campus with Mr. Lambert is like being with a celebrity; every single student and staff member stopped to greet Mr. Lambert or give him a high five on our way to his classroom. He has a special bond with his students because of the way that he so truly and obviously cares about their well being and believes in their potential. The Roadmap to Success program is a tool that Mr. Lambert has been able to leverage in helping his students form a plan and path forward after they graduate. When I visited his classroom, his students were excited to explain what they learned from each Roadmap lesson, and they talked to me about how they would use the information in their everyday lives. Mr. Lambert is a rare teacher who is devoted to his students and to giving students access to college and career content.” 

Read on for an interview with Mr. Lambert!

What did you want to be when you were in middle school?

I wanted to be an accountant

Alma Mater

University of Oregon

Please share your favorite college memory.

My favorite college memory was when I walked the stage and received my BA!

Did you always want to teach? If not, what led you to the classroom?

I taught Spanish in elementary school while in high school. Then I taught Spanish I while attending the University of Oregon. It was truly my high school Spanish, Mr. Bill Stark, who encouraged and mentored me for my educational career.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be a Career Adviser in a community college.

Why do you think it’s important for students to have access to college and career readiness programs? What skillsets have your students developed through the Roadmap to Success program?

I think it is important for students to be aware of the study skills needed for college, as well as the resume writing skills, and Interview skills. Student need to know the importance of the options they can pursue after high school which includes military, college, or a career, as well as the scholarship opportunities.

What is one piece of advice you would give your students about their futures?

Seriously think about you life after high school: Take advantage of the many opportunities you have to pursue you dreams!

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