Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.• A poem by Aurelio Montemayor, IDRA’s longest-serving staff member • IDRA Newsletter • April 2023 •

Amidst the challenges of transforming public schools

IDRA builds bridges, with many paths and routes.

For public education excellence and equity, battling with effective tools,

Our mission ensures defense of justice in all these bouts.

We march forward, through the halls of power,

Advocates of school children forgotten and ignored.

Demanding change and justice in every hour,

Our anthems always in tune with a justice chord.

Uniting organizations and institutions, with fervor,

Our advocacy grows as our path diversifies.

We are the constant justice server,

Bridging schools and allies, with excellent schools the prize.

Our message rings true, as we work with conviction,

The passion ignites flames of hope and aspiration,

For a brighter future, the work is a prediction,

A future that is just and equitable, our inspiration.

A bridge builder on the path of equity and justice, full strength.

IDRA’s work is not yet done, the battles never end,

We must soldier on, with resilience on our road’s full length,

In the cause of education, for all children we’ll ascend!

Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., is IDRA’s family engagement coordinator and directs IDRA Education CAFE work. Comments and questions may be directed to him via email at

[©2023, IDRA. This poem originally appeared in the April 2023 IDRA Newsletter by the Intercultural Development Research Association. Permission to reproduce this article is granted provided the article is reprinted in its entirety and proper credit is given to IDRA and the author.]