Curtis Acosta ’94

Distinguished Alumni Citation

Acosta teaches high school English in Tucson, Arizona, where he developed Mexican American Studies English classes that successfully integrated ethnic literature with traditional literature in an effort to make his students more culturally diverse and totally aware of the world around them. Acosta’s class was part of a Mexican American Studies (MAS) curriculum adopted by the Tucson Unified School District.

A frequent speaker at conferences and schools across the country, Acosta founded the Acosta Latino Learning Partnership, a nonprofit committed to helping educators and education professionals create dynamic learning environments, pedagogy and curriculum that will inspire every student to thrive. Acosta was honored with the 2011 University of Arizona Goodman Award and the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Classic Dream Award. Acosta was also 2010 Tucson High Magnet School Teacher of the Year.