Leo Montiel Corrales is a local Tucsonan and proud graduate of the Sunnyside Unified School District. Leo is a first-generation college student who received an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Pima Community College. He then transferred to the University of Arizona where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and Human Development with a thematic minor in Spanish and Education. Leo is now perusing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and plans to return to the Sunnyside Unified School District as a school counselor. As an undergraduate, Leo interned with the College Academy for Parents working as a Camp Leader and is now in the role of Graduate Assistant for Strategic MASCulinity (Men, Access, School, and Community) Initiatives. This program seeks to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and men of color who consider college as a future pathway. He previously served as the Graduate Assistant for HED331: Masculinity, Power, and Education which involved middle and high school students working with undergraduate students addressing challenges related to gender and intersecting identities through collaborative projects. Leo currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for College Knowledge Initiatives, in particular creating professional development opportunities for middle and high school counselors seeking to build upon their school's college-goinng culture.
"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan