Seguin Citizen: Brandon Arroues
Posted on 6/30/2017 11:48:00 AM.

What is your current occupation?
"My current occupation with Alligator Dental is an administrative
specialist; though I also work as an administrator in behavioral
health."
 
What does that involve?
"My work with Alligator Dental includes working with various
internal databases, updating records, and communicating with parents
regarding scheduling and new patient services."
 
What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?
"Crafting, creative writing, and a variety of personal research
projects."
 
When and where were you born?
"I was born in San Antonio, though my family is from Seguin."
 
What's the most recent book you've read?
"The most recent book I’ve read is The Best of All Possible Worlds,
by Karren Lord."
 
What is the best advice you've ever received?
"“Be the person you needed. That’s the only way to change the world.”
 
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"If I had to describe myself in two words I would say, extroverted
introvert."
 
What inspires you?
"Several things inspire me from family and friends to a burning
desire to change the world around me into a more cooperative and
loving place."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or
dead), who would they be?
"If I could have a dinner party with any five guests, living or
otherwise, they would be Nikola Tesla, inventor, physicist, futurist;
Hagi Ahmed, Turkish cartographer credited with the Piri Reis Map of
1513; Auicenna (also known as Ibn Sina), Persian polymath of the
Islamic Golden Age; Marie de France, author of The Lay of Sir Lanval;
and Guadalupe Perez, my late grandmother."
 
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"I really couldn’t pick a favorite TV show. Though, I don’t watch more
that 2-3 hours of TV per week max. I’d say one of three. A) Poldark,
because of how much I empathize with the main character, B) The
Newsroom, because it is inspiring and thought provoking, and C) The
West Wing, which has always been a favorite."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"Currently, my role in the community is limited to my work with
Alligator Dental, as well as, my work with a local crisis respite
center. When scheduling allowed, I previously volunteered with
Watch D.O.G.S. at my nephews’ school, and at a local nursing home."
 
What is your educational background?
"I graduated from the Judson ISD, attended St. Philip’s and then
transferred to Western Governor’s University."
 
What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"My background is primarily in education. I am certified in TESOL,
Business English, and English for Young Learners. I was inducted into
Phi Theta Kappa the international honor society of two year colleges,
and Kappa Delta Pi the international honor society in education. I’ve
worked in a variety of leadership roles including as an education
intern with NASA DOE as an astro camp educator, as an assistant
director with a state level political campaign, as an assistant
chairperson foreign department for a group of bilingual schools in
China, and most recently as an assistant administrator with a local
crisis respite center."
 
Share your family.
"I am divorced and do not have children; though my family is very
important to me. I have an aunt and uncle (that I) visit with regularly. My
mother is a single parent of my four nephews, and I play an active
role in their lives as well. "
 
What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?
"I returned to Seguin after spending a few years traveling between
various parts of the US and China. Seguin is home, and it is
important to me to be close to family."
 
What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that
would further strengthen the community?
"I would love to see a variety of new or continued initiatives in
Seguin to strengthen our community -- initiatives such as promoting
awareness and working to de-stigmatize the mental health and IDD
community; to promote sustainable practices and innovations; to
increase public involvement in local, as well as, state and federal
government; and an initiate to ensure equitable regulations and
practices affecting all within our community."


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