Jose G. Morelos is an academic counselor at Pajaro Middle School. He was raised in the Community of Watsonville and is the youngest of seven children to a widowed mother, who worked day in and day out to be the sole provider to her children. At a young age, he learned the importance of working hard and having the resiliency to overcome many obstacles while learning the values and struggles of a first-generation immigrant family. Like any young man of his generation, Jose had to make difficult choices to stay engaged in school. The Cabrillo Advancement Scholarship Program was an eye opener to his full potential which led him to discover his passions which paved a path to higher education.
After graduating from San Jose State University with a BA in Sociology and Mexican American Studies, he returned to his community to work as an assistant Social Worker. After a few years of working in the medical field, Jose returned to his true passion, teaching, and he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and PPS credential. Jose has worked as a counselor for 15 years, 11 of those at Pajaro Middle School. He also serves his community of Pajaro as an advocate, leader, and mentor for families, colleagues, and students, working to inspire and guide future first-generation professionals.