Valerie Ann Acosta Hash 

Valerie Ann Acosta was born in San Diego California, January 29th 1981 to Jorge and Armida Acosta. Acosta lived in San Diego until second grade when she moved to El Paso Texas, the hometown of her parents. Acosta attended high school at W.H. Burges in El Paso Texas. Acosta was a member and officer in the Marching Band and Concert Band, as well as a member of the Student Council. Acosta was the head photographer and a writer for the award winning Yearbook and newspaper. Acosta won numerous awards for her photography, including “Best in Texas” among high school photojournalist. She was also the art editor and contributor to the schools literary magazine. Acosta graduated from W.H. Burges High School in 1999. Following graduation Acosta moved back to San Diego California.

            Following a short hiatus from education, Acosta attended Southwestern College from 2002 to 2005. While at Southwestern College Acosta participated as Vice President in the Future Educators of America Chapter at Southwestern. Acosta also participated in intercollegiate Speech and Debate competition in which she won numerous awards for interpretation of poetry, informative speech, persuasive speech, interpretation of prose, and duo performance. Acosta represented Southwestern at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Tournament in which she received the Bronze Plaque Award. While at Southwestern she was included on the Vice Presidents List once, and the Presidents List five times. Acosta was also awarded the Southwestern College Staff Scholarship, The California Retired Teachers Scholarship, and The Pamela Rieves English Literature Scholarship. Acosta was nominated to represent Southwestern in the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship as well as awarded the Student of Distinction Award and scholarship.

            Acosta transferred to San Diego State University in 2005 where she continued intercollegiate Speech and Debate competition. Acosta has been awarded the San Diego State University Alumni Association Scholarship and was honored at the annual Monty Awards, as well as awarded the Conrad Clement Memorial Scholarship.

            In July of 2006 Valerie Ann Acosta married Jonathan Hash, a recent graduate of San Diego State and current teacher of high school social studies.

            Acosta is currently working toward her Bachelor degree in English in preparation for single subject teaching. She plans to obtain her teaching credential in English as well as her Masters in Education, Masters in English, and Ph.D. in Education. Acosta’s ultimate goal is to become a Principle of an inner city high school.