Professional Experience


My journey into the classroom was one that included some twists and turns. In the years during college, I had prepared and expected to move into the environmental and conservation field. My love for the outdoors is what pushed me in this direction and I was able to secure several summer jobs with Texas Parks & Wildlife as a wildlife intern. After college graduation, I found a harsh reality that those types of careers were few and far between.

Through a close friend, I was able to secure my first full time job as a driver for Estes, Incorporated, a chemical distribution company. In less than six months, I was promoted to inside sales / office manager for the San Antonio location. This position allowed me to work on building better relationships with customers as well as work with other colleagues around the state. Eventually, I was offered another promotion as an outside sales rep where I was given a specialized area of interest and a number of customers to work with. I loved the customers and the area I was focused on, I just didn’t love the sales side of the business. This was my first twist.


A great friend talked me into pursuing an alternative certification to get into teaching and coaching. Not long after finishing the program, a big turn hit and I was laid off from my sales position. In a matter of one month back in the summer of 2009, I went from selling chemicals, to unemployed, to being hired as a science teacher and coach with Copperas Cove High School. I still look back to that time as God putting his hand on me and pushing me into the direction he wanted me to go.

I have now been teaching and coaching in secondary education for nine years, eight of those years teaching in Katy ISD. I moved to Katy to be closer to family and focus more on coaching one of my life passions, basketball. I taught Biology and Aquatic Science as well as coaching boys’ basketball at Taylor High School until 2017.

This school year, I moved to Martha Raines High School, which is our district’s “School of Choice”. I love the opportunity to work with the students here while helping them through their online classes. I stepped away from the basketball coaching world last year, but it is still a passion of mine to coach others up and help students and teachers learn about new and emerging technologies.

I have always had a secret passion for learning new things and technology!  I wanted to finally take a leap of faith and seek a graduate degree that would give me the opportunity to pursue a leadership opportunity in educational technology. I look forward to growing into a better leader with the masters program for Educational Technology Leadership with Lamar University.


Texas State University – San Marcos, Class of 2005 – B.S. in Wildlife Biology

Wharton High School – Class of 2000 


Steven Cortez