Dr. Victor Rios, an award-winning professor, author and speaker, was the guest speaker at Monday’s Porterville Unified School District’s Back to School Breakfast for staff members.

Rios’ life story is featured in the award-winning documentary “The Pushouts.” Rios is a sociology professor at UC Santa Barbara.

On Monday, Rios’ speech covered how he grew up and was able to break the cycle he was in to earn his college degree and doctorate. He noted the differences in culture and finding ways to reach students through emotionally connecting with them in the classroom.

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