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Introducing our Aspire2Alder Scholarship winners, Julie Rojas and Yvette Pacheco!

The Aspire Foundation has created a new scholarship called Aspire2Alder to help hourly Aspire teammates who are enrolled in the Alder Teacher Residency Program and working toward their teaching credentials. This builds on our long-standing relationship with the Aspire-incubated Alder Graduate School of Education. We’d like to congratulate Julie Rojas and Yvette Pacheco for enrolling in the Alder Residency Program and becoming the first Aspire teammates to be awarded this unique scholarship! 

We wish Julie and Yvette continued success in their academic endeavors! Learn more about them and their goals below.

Julie Rojas

Julie Rojas has been a part of the Aspire community for many years, graduating from Aspire Ollin University Preparatory Academy, and returning to her alma mater as an After School Educator. Julie received her bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University and is now pursuing her master’s degree in education through Alder GSE.

“It is a great honor to be a recipient of the Aspire2Alder Award! Being a part of the Aspire community has been very rewarding to my educational and professional journey,” she shared. 

Today, she works with 5th-grade students at Aspire Inskeep Academy and plans to continue teaching this grade level in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys going outdoors, spending time with her family, and going to local coffee shops.

Yvette Pacheco

Yvette shared she’s happy and proud to be working in Huntington Park at Aspire Titan Academy, where she was previously an Instructional Assistant and is now a resident 5th-grade teacher. She also expressed enthusiasm for the teacher residency program saying, “I am thrilled to be a part of Alder and continue my journey as an educator! I am constantly learning how to be a better teacher for the students I work with. I am excited to learn more, and I hope to keep working in the community that I grew up in as an elementary school teacher.” 

During her time off, she enjoys traveling and eating at new restaurants as well as spending time with her friends and family.

If you’re interested in pursuing teacher residency programs like our teammates Julie and Yvette, visit the Alder GSE page today!