Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Ali Hachem, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Freddie L. Avant, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Patrick M. Jenlink, Ed.D.

Fourth Advisor

Brian Uriegas, Ed.D.


This research study aimed to understand how successful Texas educators who grew up in poverty understood and improved the educational experience of economically disadvantaged students. This study utilized a structural ecological theory and three theories of social relationships (Social Identity, Standpoint, and Cultural Capital). This phenomenological and qualitative study used a cross-sectional, descriptive, online case study design rooted in narrative nonfiction. Virtual interviews with six successful Texas educators that grew up in poverty were conducted. A narrative method of analysis was utilized to generate codes then organize them into themes, and to construct and compare the narrative findings. The results of the study demonstrated that poverty has many adverse effects resulting in both out-of-school and in-school challenges for children. These challenges crossed 11 dimensions. This study reported coping mechanisms that were exhibited by the students and their stakeholders. Controlling themes across each participant’s narrative were isolated and discussed.

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