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Joel Cabrera, a former Middle School student at Premier High School – Pharr, is now the school’s Title I Interventionist, providing extra support to students struggling with Math and Reading. During his eighth-grade year, Joel began to have behavioral issues which resulted in his mom moving him from his local school district to Premier. With the smaller class environment, Joel finished his senior year with a 3.94 GPA and graduated as Valedictorian of Premier High School – Pharr’s 2015 Senior Class. Joel went on to attend the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. He is currently seeking a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and plans to further his career at ResponsiveEd. 

Premier High School – Pharr teaches students from 9th to 12th grade up to 26 years of age. Mr. Joel Cabrera works with the adult students, which is primarily composed of students close to his age. While the proximity in age can pose an initial hurdle, Mr. Cabrera quickly wins students over with his dedication to each student’s success.

“I was a 13-year-old kid when I got here, but I already had teachers give up on me in the past. I was a problematic kid, so they thought there was no hope for me. Providing students with a second chance is what I like most about the school. We help get students back on the right path by providing HOPE.” 

Mr. Joel Cabrera’s matriculation through Premier High School – Pharr was not just an experience that benefited him, but one that also made a lasting impact on his teachers and administration.  

“I’m very proud of Joel and his accomplishments. Not only was Joel a great student, he is also a great teacher. Knowing the curriculum and the process has helped him assist our students.  I wish more students would follow his path.  I would like to add that  3 of his family members have graduated from PHS-Pharr.” says Premier High School – Pharr Campus Director, Rosario R. Zamora.   

Premier High School  – Pharr is one of 39 campuses within the Premier High Schools district under ResponsiveEd Solutions. Premier Schools offer a flexible (four-hour) schedule as part of its program, to give students a better opportunity to work and support a family, or just graduate early. Premier Schools provide an important option to students like Mr. Joel Cabrera who benefits most from a smaller, individualized learning environment. 

Premier High School – Pharr has been part of the community since 1999 and offers several Career and Technical Education programs that provide certifications in Culinary Arts, Welding, and Health Science. To learn more about Premier High School – Pharr or to enroll, visit us at



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