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DANIEL DE LA PENA – Program Coordinator, Upward Bound Math and Science

Daniel De La Pena is the Program Coordinator for the Upward Bound Math and Science program at Alvarado High School. Originally from Burleson, Texas, Daniel earned his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Hill College and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling at Tarleton State University. 

Daniel is the son of migrant workers, a first-generation and low-income student, and a DACA recipient.  He knows first hand the value of hard work and dedication to education and how it improves the living standard of those who pursue it. Daniel worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Hill College before joining the ORS in 2012. Daniel started as an Academic Tutor and soon advanced to the Student Development Coordinator position. Daniel now oversees the guidance, support, success and mentorship of his students as their Program Coordinator. 

Outside of work Daniel enjoys learning new things and continuing to pursue his education with the goal of one day becoming a medical doctor and working in the emergency medical field. Through his work for our organization, Daniel hopes to leave behind a legacy of young, hard-working, educated individuals with integrity.

“Education has given me a multitude of opportunities and I’m glad I can pass on my STEM  education experience to the students.