Angela Montoya is an educator and administrator who has been involved with the Upward Bound Program since the 1970's. Ms. Montoya holds degrees from both Adams State College and Denver University. She is presently teaching in the South Conejos School District.
Angela has a very diverse and impressive work history. She has been a teacher of English for the Alamosa and Antonito school districts, as well as having been an English instructor for Alamosa Rocky Mountain SER Family Learning Center, and the San Luis Valley Area Vocational School. She has also worked for various community projects in both Alamosa and Conejos counties. She has assisted in writing grants and procuring funds for several valley projects in both Alamosa and Conejos counties. She is the founder of the KRZA Educational Radio and has been a member of the San Luis Valley Coalition for Drop Out Prevention.
Ms. Montoya was an Upward Bound student participant from Antonito High School in 1973-74. She credits Upward Bound and the Trio programs as "Being instrumental in helping her achieve her goals." Exposure to, and participation in these programs encouraged her to enter the educational field. Her interactions with the TRIO programs helped her to believe in herself and inspired her to achieve both her personal and professional goals.
Angela's advice to all TRIO and Upward Bound participants is to "Realize that education is a vital key to life. You need to follow your dreams, and a good education is the key which will open many doors. Dedicate yourselves to making the most out of every educational opportunity which comes your way."