This week at Olancho Aid, we are highlighting Carlos Gonzales, who has been with the Foundation for ten years as both a student and a teacher. We recognize him today for his hard work and his dedication to his students' education. Thanks for all that you do, Mister Gonzales!
Name: Carlos Javier Gonzales Acosta
Hometown: La Concepción, Juticalpa
University: UNAH (National Autonomous University of Honduras)
When did you join Olancho Aid?
I began working with the Foundation on August 16, 2011.
How did you find out about Olancho Aid?
I know a lot about the Foundation because I am an alumnus of Instituto Cardenal Rodriguez (IOCR), our Spanish language high school, thanks to a scholarship that I received in 2007 and 2008. I am also an active member of the parochial community, which was why I applied to work in the religious department of Instituto Bilingue Santa Clara (IBSC), our bilingual high school.
What is your role at Olancho Aid?
Right now I am an academic counselor and the religion, history, and economics teacher for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is knowing that we have students with many differences and that I have to help them to find it within themselves to become better students, better friends, and better students. I can see their parents’ joy when they change their behavior and improve their grades as teenagers, even when others have rejected them.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time with Olancho Aid?
There are many, but one that I always remember is the recognition that I was given by Carlos Najera because I earned Employee of the Month of the entire Foundation. I believe it has only been given one time; I was the first, and I’m continuing my hard work by the grace of God.
What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?
Everyday my students surprise me with a look or a gesture. There are also things that I can never forget because they are so sincere. I think what I hear most is thank you. They say thank you for helping me and they give me a smile; that means so much to me. But they also say silly things, like if I ask them a question about history, they’ll respond, “I wasn’t alive then.”
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I do a lot of skits for the students and parents. It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s worth it because we all have fun.