Southside Professionals Participated in Career Day at Harris Middle School

Joel C. Harris Middle School held a career day for students and had an outstanding turnout from the community. Joel C. Harris Middle School develops inquiring, knowledgeable, caring learners and leaders who are mindful of intercultural connections. Their students become contributing members of their communities, building a better world. Harris is located at 325 Pruitt Avenue, on the Southside of San Antonio, TX 78204 in the San Antonio Independent School District.

All the professionals that participated in the Harris Middle School Career Day

Art Teacher Denise Rodriguez is in charge of this event and stated that, “We decided to do this event because our kids deserve the opportunity to see different careers, to know that there are options out there for them.  This option gives them the opportunity to give them insight into careers that they might not have thought about before.”

The following Professionals were in attendance for the event: 

Adrian Gresores, Physician 
Adrian Reyes, Insurance Agency Owner  
Alex Cardenas, Spurs Give Program Coordinator 
Alexandra Sweeney, Chiropractor 
Andy & Yvette Benavides, Artist, Nonprofit directors, and business owners
April Mae Monterrosa, Editor in Chief/CEO of Live from the Southside 
Asia Jones-Carr, Recycling Education Coordinator 
Caleb Cantrell, UTSA Student-Athlete 
Chris Buck, HVAC Advisor
Christopher Jackson, Navy Radiation Health Physicist
Daniel Gusme, Civil Engineer-Transportation Engineer 
Daniella Toll, Librarian
David De La O, Tattoo Artist 
David Uminski, Hotel Management Program Director 
Enrique Loera, Lawyer/Digital Rights Manager 
Ernesto Ortiz, Administrative Assistant
Hal Smarkola, Retired Colonel, United States Air Force
Heather Swindell, Librarian
Highstrung, Hip Hop Artist 
Jacob Germany, Basketball Player - UTSA
Jacqueline Valdes, 386th District Court Judge 
Jeff Luster, Head Baketball Coach - UTSA
Jim Lefko, TV Reporter - New4 and Fox 29 
Joe De La Cruz, Art installer 
Joe Hernandez, Photographer 
Jon Blumenthal, Chemical Engineer 
Joseph Roberts, Vet tech 
Karen Rose, TCIS Principal Consultant
Kayla Barshop, State and Local Tax Accountant
Kent Howard, Adjunct Faculty / Recruiting & Marketing
Kenyatta Mack, Military - Taylor speaker
Kimberlee R Morrison, Social Work 
Krystal Puente, Realtor
Kyle Davis, Trainer
Kylea Nix, Financial Advisor 
Lauren Lewis, Boutique Owner 
Leslie Palmer, Nonprofit Consultant 
Liuetentant Ray Ortega, Organized Crime Division 
Luz Adriana Torres, Notary Public 
Martha Banda, Building Plans Examiner 
Martin Carias, Vet Tech 
Marvin Hurst, Journalist KENS 5
Matthew Paz, Police Officer 
Morgan Gale, Licensed Vet Tech 
Noah Barshop, Director of Policy, San Antonio
District 8 City Councilman Manny Pelaez 
Orit Amy Eylon, Music professor - UIW 
Patton Zarate, Attorney (Felony Prosecutor) 
Reno Puente, Realtor
Robert Jalnos, Plumber 
Samantha Hughes, Store Operations Leader
Stefanie Cisneros, Assistant Athletics Director - UTSA 
Steven Stolle, Emergency Medical Services 
Thomas Knabe, ICU RN 
Tré Valdez, Firefighter and EMT-B Student
Dr.Lulu, MD Pediatrician and Life Coach, Speaker and Author 
Xitlal Herrera Fashion Yvette and Andy Benavides

April Monterrosa, CEO/Editor in Chief of Live from the Southside with a Harris Middle School 8th Grade Class

About Joel C. Harris Middle School 

We believe in developing internationally minded individuals who are caring, respectful and mindful of intercultural interactions and differences. We provide students an invaluable education through the International Baccalaureate framework. We are committed to a high-quality, challenging, international education. We offer diverse extracurricular programs that strive to encourage our students to be responsible, inquisitive, honest and open-minded individuals who aspire to be beacons of knowledge and become contributing members of their communities to create a better world.

Grades: 6-8

Choice Program Specialization: International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme World School

Academic Offerings: AVID • Robotics • STEM • Spanish I & II • French • High School Art • Gifted and Talented • English as a Second Language • Special Education

Extracurricular Programs: Art Club • Athletics • Band • Chess Club • Choir • French Club • LOTC • Mariachi • National Junior Honor Society • Peer Mediators • Photography Club • Orchestra • Robotics • Science Club • Spanish Club • Student Council • Theater Arts • Theater Tech • Journalism/Yearbook • Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALs)

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