Juan Renteria, Jr. is a fifth-grade teacher at Truman Elementary in Norman, Oklahoma where he also serves as head teacher .As a teacher, Renteria considers his role as an educator his highest leadership responsibility. He is introduced to a new group of students and parents every year and is expected to lead them. He analyzes each students' strengths, weaknesses, and formulates growth plans to ensure that students are achieving academic and social success.
He is responsible for creating positive alliances with families in order to cultivate a strong support system for all his students. Through his experience in public education, he has learned the value of communication, collaboration, and consistency as essential factors for success.
Renteria is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as his Master of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision. His professional and community involvement includes Norman Public School’s Diversity Enrichment Council, Norman Public School’s Leadership Academy, University of Oklahoma Alumni Ambassador, Leadership Oklahoma LOYAL Alumni, as well as being an active member of Antioch Community Church.
In addition, Renteria was recognized as Norman Public Schools’ inaugural Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2015 and he is currently a district finalist for Norman Public Schools’ 2021 Teacher of the Year. He is originally from Hennessey, Oklahoma and now resides in Norman. A first-generation college graduate and the proud son of hard-working immigrants, Renteria enjoys going to the movies, spending time with family and friends, OU football, and reading Harry Potter. His goal is to continue changing lives in the classroom and to someday become a school administrative leader.
"My family history is an important part of my professional journey as an educator. My parents raised me, loved me, and pushed me to fight for the future I wanted, just like they had. Additionally, my parents always valued the idea of education and the promise it carried of infinite possibilities that sadly, they weren’t afforded. In retrospect, it truly is no surprise I chose to become a teacher. From a very young age, I knew that I had to do well in school. Not just for myself, but to honor my immigrant parents and the many sacrifices they had made for me. One of the greatest longings of my heart has always been to prove to my mom and dad that I was worth it. Even though they’ve told me I was, am, and continue to be, I can’t help but want to keep proving to them that I am as resilient and driven as they are. If anything, I want to show my parents how proud I am to be their son; their American dream. As a first-generation college graduate, I’ve been able to contribute something so special to my students that my parents instilled me, which is a deep sense of pride and respect for education. By sharing my journey with others, I have been able to highlight the beauty of learning and the towering walls it can tear down."