Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro
Teacher, Pflugerville Independent School District

Cuitlahuac Guerra-Mojarro is a brown Mexican-immigrant, naturalized US citizen whose preferred pronouns are he / him / el. Cuitlahuac es bilingue y vive con su brilliant partner, and their three beautiful children in Northeast Austin. Cuitlahuac is a National Board Certified classroom teacher with nearly 15 years experience and currently works with 7th and 8th graders in two project-based engineering courses that students elect to take for high school credit. His previous experience includes teaching all levels of high school physics, as well as biology, chemistry, and environmental science. Cuitlahuac taught in traditional public schools, charter schools, and alternative campuses, both in Austin and in Rio Grande Valley, where he began his teaching career through Teach for America. Cuitlahuac earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University and has experience outside the classroom in cancer research, US Congress, and local TV news production. He was born, along with his brother, in Zurich, Switzerland, to parents who brought them initially to Nashville, TN before permanently making their home in St. Louis, MO. The goal of Cuitlahuac's community advocacy work is for reinvestment in education as a public service that is accessible to all students. He works as a member of the East Austin Coalition for Quality Education and Save Austin Schools to disrupt the racist cycle of school closures that historically has and continues to target schools serving predominantly Black, brown, indigenous and immigrant communities. Cuitlahuac hosts the Austin ISD X Podcast, “X” as in ex-officio or unofficial, along with Candace Hunter, a 7th-generation Texan and East Austin product with over 20 years experience working in Title I schools. While they focus on the issues in the Austin Independent School District, the conversations they have about education are important to everyone.