Roberto Sanchez is the Director of Secondary Education in Hendry County Schools and serves a diverse school district. He was born in Mexico and immigrated with his family to the United States at the early age of two. Roberto grew up in Arcadia, FL and moved to Hendry County in 2005. He touches on how his father was the driving force in developing his work ethic and desire to gain an education as a pathway to a better life. He served as a teacher and principal during his tenure at Clewiston High School. Roberto talks about how many students in Hendry County come from a similar background as himself, which allows him to better-understand their circumstances. Roberto explains how Hendry County is working to equip students for college and career readiness. Many are first-generation students and need guidance as they work to enter the workforce. He discusses dual enrollment for students to earn an AA degree prior to graduating with the Collegiate Academy. This is a partnership with Florida South Western State College and provides students an opportunity to take college courses without leaving the classroom.