Education & University

Esperanza Hodgers, Kyrene Elementary School District


Monsignor Chavez is the head of the commission for the Canonization of San Juan Diego at the Archdioceses of Mexico City, and an expert in the history and message of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Like other Catholics, I thought I knew about Our Lady of Guadalupe. However, after partaking in one of the institutes online courses, I was blown away by how much there is to know about her! My leadership commitment is to help perpetuate the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe within the Diocese of Phoenix by promoting the work of Monsignor Eduardo Chavez and by connecting the work [...]

Esperanza Hodgers, Kyrene Elementary School District2019-07-25T22:56:17+00:00

Lorin Marchese, Grand Canyon Education


In addition to changing my profession to teaching business classes at a local Catholic high school, my TLI commitment is to start a Bible study at the school. I want to invite ALL students to participate - no matter their gender, religion, grade, interests or academic standing. I intend that these students will know through this experience how important and valued they ALL are and that they will, in turn, do the same for others.

Lorin Marchese, Grand Canyon Education2019-07-25T22:56:18+00:00

Mar Bonilla, EBS Health Care – Littleton Elementary School


As a school speech-language pathologist, I advocate for those who need representation daily. After participating in TLI, I plan on joining a board or organization that focuses on ensuring children with disabilities have access to adequate academic and religious education, along with community participation. I would also like to assist youth leaders in identifying how they can better support teens with disabilities who are part of their groups.

Mar Bonilla, EBS Health Care – Littleton Elementary School2019-07-25T23:18:00+00:00

Aaron Smith, Arizona State University


As a father to a young family, I am passionate about both education and my children. It is my intention to apply to the Diocesan School Board with a focus on helping to maintain the orthodoxy of the Catholic faith in the schools as well as working to raise academic standards even higher to ensure students in the Diocese can have access to a high-quality education. Furthermore, my wife and I are going to volunteer in our parish to teach baptism classes after recognizing that the work of the Church truly starts at the beginning with infant baptism.

Aaron Smith, Arizona State University2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Brian Rosario, Seton Catholic Preparatory


It has been written, “Iron sharpens iron; one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). Thus, I commit to creating the Florencio Rosario, Jr. Project, an initiative using basketball and Catholic teaching to start a conversation and dialog between fathers and their sons, boosting their relationship with a goal of developing confident, engaged, and educated young men in the Church. Emerging from the verse from proverbs, it will be an initiative that says, “If fathers sharpen sons; sons can sharpen future stewards of our Church.”

Brian Rosario, Seton Catholic Preparatory2019-07-25T23:18:25+00:00

Alex Julian, Cicero Preparatory Academy


I have a great concern for the proper education of our youth. I believe there is much to be done to offer a high-quality, public education that orients young hearts and minds toward a lifelong pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. As a graduate of the TLI Class of 2018, my leadership commitment is to become a headmaster or principal at a liberal-arts oriented educational institution. 

Alex Julian, Cicero Preparatory Academy2019-07-25T23:18:42+00:00

Angela Heisel, University of Phoenix


My commitment will be to help manage TLI’s social media accounts (Facebook and LinkedIn) to help spread the Catholic message to professionals and build Tepeyac Leadership Initiative’s presence on social media. The hope is this will generate interest in TLI among future participants and promote Catholic teachings in a way that is relevant to working adults who may or may not be close to the faith but who are interested in professional growth. 

Angela Heisel, University of Phoenix2019-07-25T23:18:43+00:00
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