Diaz Family Growing by Degrees

 Sabrina, left, and Rosie Diaz supported each other while earning teaching degrees at Sul Ross Rio Grande College.

By Laura Nelson

Del Rio—Rosalinda Diaz did not want her daughter Sabrina to travel alone from Del Rio to Uvalde one summer for a class at Sul Ross Rio Grande College, so Rosie volunteered to go with her and wait in the car.

Sabrina demanded, “Why travel all that way and sit in the car? Take the class with me!” She did take it, and over the course of their college careers at Southwest Texas Junior College and RGC, mother and daughter ended up in some of the same classes. They graduated with associate’s degrees the same semester from SWTJC, but graduated two years apart from RGC. Mother and daughter cheered each other on and also received support from husband and dad, Raul. One semester, he not only drove them to Eagle Pass for an evening class, he also provided their supper those nights.

Both were inspired to earn teaching degrees due to their devotion to children and their love of being in the classroom. At Del Rio High School, Sabrina had joined the Ready Set Teach program. Meanwhile, Rosie had been keeping the household running, and when the children became more independent, she started substitute teaching and then decided to attend SWTJC to earn the hours she needed to be an aide. She said, “The minute I stepped into the classroom, I loved it.”

Sabrina graduated with honors in May of 2014. She teaches second grade at Garfield Elementary School and hopes to teach high school math. Rosie, also employed in the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated School District in the special education program, graduated from RGC in May. She said, “The professors have always been there for us. I’m very grateful for RGC being here-it’s a blessing.”