8 year old student motivates classmates and teachers

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He’s an 8-year-old motivating his classmates and teachers with nothing but optimism.

Justin Maya says he is ready to be pushed. Pushed to make his future possible. He is ready to make it happen. That is part of the motivational speech that Justin gave to thousands of McAllen ISD teachers and staff members during their general assembly last week. Now that he’s back in school, Justin is taking it upon himself to make sure he impacts his 3rd grade classmates in a positive way.

Edith Escobedo, Justin’s teacher says, “He’s actually very helpful, and he’s also very humble, you know. If anybody needs help, he takes it upon him to go help them. He doesn’t put anybody down. He doesn’t think he’s better than anybody. He’s actually a very good friend. The students really like him.

Prior to being Justin’s 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Escobedo was his Kindergarten teacher. She’s one of the reasons why he inspires others and why he’s been wanting to be a neurosurgeon since he was five.

Justin said, “She told me I could be anything I wanted when I grow up.”

His mother says, the whole brain surgeon idea started when watching a tv show.

Celina Maya, “I was watching Grey’s Anatomy and he saw someone performing surgery on television. He wanted to know what was happening. I explained to him what was happening and he said, “There are doctors who do that?”

Although Justin has years of education ahead of him before reaching his goal, he always remembers one thing.

“Just follow your dreams, and learn from your teachers and coaches. Anyone that you know, learn from them and follow your dreams.

Teachers from Ms. Escobedo’s elementary say Justin’s motivational speech reminded them of why they enjoy teaching.

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