Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. History, Excelsior University A.S. General Studies, Central Texas College

Mr. Jose Rivera

I was born in New York, New York, but raised in South Florida. I earned my bachelors degree in history from Excelsior University, and my associates in general studies from Central Texas College. Both degrees were obtained while on active duty in the US Army. I am a twelve-year veteran of the armed forces, serving in the US Navy for six years prior to the Army. I also hold certifications in automotive, diesel and turbine engines due to my previous occupation as a mechanic for the past twenty years. 

My teaching career began at Killeen ISD as a full-time substitute. Now it has transitioned to Judson ISD, San Antonio, and Kirby Middle School as my new home, teaching 8th grade social studies. Additional duties I will be participating in are basketball and track coach as well as 7th grade boys athletics.

Teaching has become my passion. I believe my life experiences give me an advantage in building professional relationships with my students. Every student has the opportunity to be successful in my class, no matter the circumstances. It's very simple; be on time, do your work, and never quit. History is a fun subject once you start connecting one historical event to another. It's rewarding when students finally grasp the big picture of history. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.