Amir returned to school for his master’s degree in Education after working as an engineer. In 2001, he began teaching physics at Dos Pueblos High School, and established the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy.
He says, “Financially, it was difficult decision to make to obtain my credential. Fortunately, there were scholarships and grants available and the Scholarship Foundation was there to help. Not only did they provide me with financial support, but in the interview I also felt encouraged and supported in the life-changing decision I was about to make. It was nice to have this additional validation. Now 12 years later, I can say with certainty that this was the best decision I ever made. I have been able to significantly impact our community in ways that would have never been possible in my previous job; I have been able to work with members of this community to begin the arduous process of transforming education. As a result, we are transforming the lives of the students we educate.”