Allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Matthew DeLeon, and I’m a graduate student at the University of Maryland where I am studying Education Policy.
As some background, I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Shortly after my little sister's birth, my mother found out my father was dealing and using drugs so she left him. In government housing and on food stamps, she attempted to earn her Associate's at a local community college, but being a single-mother and attending classes was too much for her.
Growing up, I was able to circumvent many of the obstacles in my impoverished community and become the first person in my large family to graduate from college.
After earning my B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, I decided to investigate the underpinnings of education and poverty by teaching in various cities throughout the United States. So far, I have taught in Olympia, Washington; Austin, Texas; and Brooklyn and Queens, New York. I also taught in Quito, Ecuador, during the 2012-2013 school year.
I was lucky; despite not having someone from my family or community to help me navigate college life I was able to be successful. That is why when I found out about all the wonderful work that Generation Hope was doing, I knew I had to find some way to help.
In addition to teaching, I have also served my community through various volunteer endeavors. Most recently, I created a free English-language class aimed at serving the custodial and kitchen staff at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito, where I also taught 6th grade.
In my free time, I enjoy playing Starcraft, traveling, origami, and reading.