Joseph Sotelo. Photo courtesy of Dallas ISD.

The principal of Hillcrest High School was highlighted in a video made to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

In the video, principal Joseph Sotelo talks about growing up in the Bronx as a Puerto Rican in a community filled with other Puerto Rican people.

“It wasn’t until I moved to Texas where I kind of had to start processing, how did I want to be perceived, how did I want to explain who I was, what was I proud about,” Sotelo said.

Sotelo, who has been at Hillcrest since 2018, was named a Dallas ISD principal of the year. Another administrator at Hillcrest, Belia Martinez, is Dallas ISD’s counselor of the year.

Watch the video below.


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