Dean Janet Orozco
Janet Orozco, raised in the East End of Houston, immigrated along with her parents to the United States at the age of one. Born in Michoacán, Mexico in an era of social and economic difficulties, her parents ventured onto new soil searching for financial stability in what they believed was a thriving Texas. The East End became a strong support system in Janet’s early years, community members often offered free services or linkage to organizations to aide with immigration affairs. Experiencing such willingness from the community motivated Janet Orozco to pursue employment in the City of Houston’s Immigration and Refugee Affairs after college. Under the leadership of Mayor Bill White, she served as a translator for multiple Immigration Forums and supported with the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards.
Janet Orozco embarks on the educational field after witnessing the need for mentorship and role models in public schools. She began her career in Sheldon ISD where she served as a Bilingual, Language Arts, Science teacher and testing coordinator. Her strong work ethic, dedication to students, and community involvement was noted when becoming the recipient of the Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2009-2010 and then Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014. In 2013 she graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and will be returning to the University of St. Thomas in Summer 2019 to begin the Doctoral of Education in Ethical Leadership.
Janet Orozco purposefully remains in the East End supporting the efforts for the betterment of the Hispanic population. Graduate of the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) class XVII. She is also active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a Committee Member, in which she participates in vetting of the HLSR Scholarship recipients. As a third-year administrator in Houston ISD, Janet focuses on social, emotional and academic development of all the stakeholders. As a Dual Language curriculum writer, she enhanced language development for elementary Spanish learning students. She currently serves as the Dean at East Early College High School at Houston Community College. Janet ensures that each of the students enrolled at East Early College earn credits towards an Associate’s Degree. In her role as a Dean she also sponsored the 1st and newly developed LULAC East Early Youth Club. Janet’s main purpose and goal is to encourage 1st generation students to attend college, engage them in social awareness projects and thrust them into community advocacy.