Born in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México, Julio and his family migrated to the United States in 1992 in search of a better life. Julio received his Master of Arts in Education from The National Hispanic University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, Film, and Theater from San Jose State University, and a Spanish teaching credential in the state of California.
Julio has a strong passion for participating in community service and human rights organizations. At SJSU, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda leadership and honors organization, the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, and the American GI Forum. After graduation, Julio worked at Downtown College Preparatory Charter High School and Summit Public Schools, where he taught, motivated and mentored students from underserved communities for six years. Apart from his academic and professional endeavors, Julio enjoys writing, reading, exercising, and spending time with his loved ones.
Previously, Julio served as the Arts & Creativity Manager at Immigrants Rising, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides holistic services to undocumented young people in the Bay Area. At Immigrants Rising, Julio helped design Things I'll Never Say, an online platform for undocumented youth across the country to create their own immigration narratives by boldly sharing their personal experiences through various forms of creative expression.
Currently, Julio teaches Spanish at American High School. He serves as the World Languages Department chair, PTSA Environmental Sustainability chair, advisor of Science & Eco Club, and Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year.