Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Criminal Justice Administration, Waldorf University (2013) Secondary Education Certification (Grades 6-12), Rio Salado College (2019) *Highly Qualified in History
Subject: World History and Geography
My name is Cesar Rojas and this will be my first year teaching at Cactus Shadows High School, as well as my first year as the Head Wrestling Coach! I was born outside the Chicago, Illinois area and grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. I attended Mesquite High School where I was involved in numerous clubs/organizations, as well as athletics. It was while in high school that I joined the wrestling team and fell in love with the sport.
I attended Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa on a wrestling and academic scholarship, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Along with my degree, I completed my collegiate wrestling career and graduated with highest distinction (summa cum laude).
Afterwards, I began a career in law enforcement, specifically working in the adult penal and juvenile justice systems. In my time in the field, I worked with gang members, death row inmates and juvenile delinquents (as young as the age of eleven). Although a very interesting and exciting career field, I knew I wanted to serve my community in a different light. So, I left the field and went back to school where I received my teaching certification in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12), specializing in History.
I am thrilled to begin this journey as an educator! Wherever their future endeavors may lie, I aspire my students to challenge themselves and never sell themselves short. It is through challenging oneself, that we learn our truest potential! I hope to create lifelong learners in my students and have them value the importance of an education. As the late Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".