When Miguel Solis heard in his political science class that young people weren’t voting, he was determined to change things. He began organizing youth for the Obama campaign in 2008, and was even chosen to give an introductory speech for Michelle Obama. Obama’s focus on education motivated Miguel to apply to TFA, where his students proved that if you work hard and have access to a great education, anything is possible. His class went from struggling to outperforming all middle schools on the 8th grade Texas state exams. After advocating for Dallas students as special assistant to the Superintendent and as Dallas Director for Stand For Children, Miguel became the youngest person to be elected school board president at 28. He still supports Dallas students on the school board while investing in the future of our country by developing Latino leaders as President of LCLD.
Q & A
Backwards planning—starting with a big goal and then working backwards to develop a plan to get there—has been so important. Learning what motivates people and then investing them in your plans. Teaching can be very similar to working with board members, or in politics.
It changed my life forever. It committed me to improving outcomes for students. It made me understand that education influences every other issue our country deals with. No matter what I do, education will be a component because it is critical to our future.