Aramis Gutierrez Molds Future Scholars
"We want to help ease the pressure and anxiety these students face and surround them with like-minded, driven, young people," said Gutierrez. Rutgers' first cohort of 200 scholars, the Class of 2017, began their affiliation with the University in the summer of 2008.
addition to designing the curriculum, Gutierrez works to build alliances
with partner school districts, the Rutgers community, local industry and
government leaders. "I am very fortunate to be in an enjoyable and
meaningful position that will significantly impact the lives of families,
improve our communities and our state," he said.
A graduate of McCorristin Catholic High School, Gutierrez enrolled at MCCC in 1993, where he found abundant learning opportunities. Majoring in Humanities and Social Science, he credits Mercer for helping him improve his writing skills, time management, and goal setting. He recalls Professor Noreen Duncan as having a particularly positive influence on his life and career. "Professor Duncan set high expectations and created a supportive and nurturing environment that challenged me," Gutierrez said.
to Rider University in fall 1995, Gutierrez earned a bachelor's degree
in Elementary Education and Sociology in 1999. From there, he taught at
U.S. Grant Elementary School, earning the NJ Governor's Recognition for
Excellence in Teaching and the Trenton Board of Education's Outstanding
Bilingual Teacher awards. He later worked as a guidance counselor at Princeton
High School and served as associate director of the Nontraditional Career
Resource Center at Rutgers prior to his present position.
ultimate goal is to raise the bar for youngsters who wish to succeed against
the odds. "I always tell students to expect the best from themselves,"
Gutierrez stresses. "Learning doesn't just take place within the
walls of a classroom. If you're not learning, you're not living. Education
can be a great equalizer; its transformative power creates opportunity."
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