We’re excited to welcome two new full-time instructional specialists to the Eagle Rock family, each of whom have been on campus over the past four weeks or so to get the lay of the land and soak up some early orientation.
Our new instructors include Beatriz (Bea) Salazar, who was born in South Central Los Angeles, and grew up in Commerce City, Colo., and Eriq Acosta, a Loveland, Colo., native who finished high school in Johnstown, Colo.
Bea received her education at 11 different schools through her lifetime, and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. Most recently, she earned a Master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University (CSU).
Her most recent job was in the Housing and Dining Services department at CSU, where Bea served as an assistant residence director.
Bea first heard about Eagle Rock while chatting with a colleague at CSU about her passion for educating young people of color. Reflecting on that discussion, Bea said, “I loved the determination the students had in making the best future they could, and having adults who believed and encouraged their dreams.”
Bea is our new Life After Eagle Rock (LAER) instructional specialist, and she’s excited to build new relationships and opportunities, and learn all there is to learn about Eagle Rock and our brand of progressive education. A fun random fact about Bea? “I have a love for old cars! My lifelong dream is to rebuild an old Ford truck.”
Eriq Acosta acquired Navajo, Pueblo and Chicano origins from his mother’s side of the family, and Comanche and Mexican from his father’s side. Eriq has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Colorado State University, and a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.
Over the past decade, Eriq has worked and lived in Los Angeles, Calif., and New Mexico. In Los Angeles he worked for the United American Indian Involvement as a case manager, and eventually became the lead evaluator for the program. While there, Eriq taught traditional drum (American Indian) and also co-created the Los Angeles Native Youth Leadership Journey.
In New Mexico, Eriq lead a variety of outdoor education field experiences for the National Indian Youth Leadership Project, including rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing and rafting. Most recently, he worked at Colorado State University as the assistant director of El Centro, a cultural center for CSU’s Latino, Hispanic, Mexican and Chicano students. Eriq also taught classes for CSU and local high schools on various cultural awareness topics.
Eriq is our new Societies and Cultures instructional specialist. It seems both of our new instructors are automotive buffs. In Eriq’s case, he has a passion for Ford Mustangs. He built his first one, then tried out a couple of other makes. Within two weeks, he says, he was back to owning a Mustang.
Curious to learn more about what it takes to work at Eagle Rock? We don’t blame you. Visit the Employment section of our website today for more information.
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