Posted December 13, 2018 – Student teaching at Holmquist Elementary in the Alief Independent School District, Henry Campos is working to prove he can be a role model to future generations of students.
Campos, a senior teaching major, came to the University of Houston College of Education after earning an associate degree in early childhood education at Houston Community College.
Campos is highly active on campus, serving as a member of the orientation team and The Spirit of Houston Marching Band for three years. He was voted to represent Tau Beta Sigma, a co-ed service sorority for members of The Spirit of Houston, in this year’s Homecoming Court.
Before graduating Friday, Campos made time to sit down and answer some questions.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Sugar Land, Texas
Q: Why transfer to UH?
A: Many of my friends decided to come here. I did research on my own and found that there were a lot of opportunities. Diversity here is also very amazing.
Q: Why did you choose to specialize in bilingual education?
A: Originally, I wanted to do law school and I still plan on doing it. However, while at HCC, I found out I had a passion for helping children, especially Hispanics. That’s what drove me to pursue a degree in bilingual education.
Q: How have you applied what you have learned in the College of Education in the real world?
A: [COE] has taught me that I’m going to meet different people with different backgrounds. We need to see every child as an individual rather than as a statistic. We need to try and meet their needs based on what we see in the classroom, and I apply that in my student-teaching career.
Q: What is something that continues to motivate you in your studies?
A: I come from a family of seven, and my parents are from El Salvador. We always had an issue with poverty. My mom struggled a lot, so she always told us we need to strive to be someone in life and break the chain. People look down on Hispanics and say that they’re not going to be successful, which is something that drives me to keep working.
Q: Who on campus has served as a major influence for you?
A: Tierra Walters, one of my ex-bosses in the orientation team. She always believed in me because I was always doubting the things I could do. She’s proven to me that I’m capable of doing a lot of things and that I need to raise the standards for myself.
Q: How does it feel to be part of the Homecoming Court?
A: When it was announced I would get to be on the court, it showed me that I’ve made an impact because I had a lot of people show their support. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it at first. I’m still in shock. It’s an amazing pleasure to top off my time here at UH with this.
Q: Favorite game day tradition?
A: When we play the fight song during pre-game and when the team runs into the field.
Q: Favorite marching band song?
A: “Womp Womp”
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: I definitely prefer coffee.
–By Alberto Huichapa
–Photo courtesy of Henry Campos