EDINBURG – A high school teacher with the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District was recently selected to participate in the Harvard Extension School Math for Teaching Graduate Program.

Raul J. Torre, who teaches math and coaches basketball at Edinburg High School, was among seven math teachers from across the Rio Grande Valley chosen for the prestigious program.

“I am excited and looking forward to the challenge of the program,” Torre said. “I hope to become a better math teacher to prepare my students with the math skills they will need to be successful at the college level or in their careers.”

According to the Texas Graduate Center (TGC), an initiative of the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, the Valley math teachers selected to Cohort VI will not only engage in rigorous mathematics instruction delivered by Harvard faculty, but they will also develop new teaching strategies that will dramatically improve their ability to teach middle and high school students the math skills needed to succeed in life, work and academia.

During the three-year program, Torre will take courses offered online at the TGC in the fall and spring semesters while teaching at Edinburg High School. He will also be required to complete courses while attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the summer.

Two cohorts of teachers have already graduated from the program, while the 3rd Cohort graduates in May 2018 for a total of 22 graduates.