Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Criminal Justice Administration, Waldorf University (2013) Secondary Education Certification (Grades 6-12), Rio Salado College (2019) Masters in Educational Administration, M.Ed. Acacia University (In progress) *Highly Qualified in History, Political Science/American Government, and Physical Education (PE).
Subject: Pre-AP World History and Geography, AM/AZ Government
My name is Cesar Rojas, and this will be my third year teaching at Cactus Shadows High School! I will also be going into my third year as the Head Wrestling Coach and my second year as the Boys Cross Country 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 and athletics. It was while in high school where 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).
Afterward, 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 validated gang members, death row inmates, and juvenile delinquents (as young as eleven). Although a fascinating 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 and Political Science/American Government.
Wherever their future endeavors may lie, I aspire my students to challenge themselves and never sell themselves short. It is through challenging ourselves 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."
Office Hours are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:10 pm-3:00 pm upon request!