Becky Villarreal: The Yellow Rose of Texas

by Karen Karvonen If someone had warned Becky Villarreal that switching from a career as a secondary school teacher to one as a college teacher would plunge her into a hotbed of activism, she might have had second thoughts. “Believe it or not, the reason I decided to leave K-12 was that it was too political,” says the 43-year-old, whose recent crusade has made it possible for adjuncts at all Texas community colleges to join the state’s health benefits plan. What has kept this Austin Community College (ACC) English teacher committed to her cause is her strong desire to improve […]
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