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BS Criminal Justice AAS Law Enforcement Texas Peace Officer License

Mr. Ricardo Vela

Greetings everyone, I’m Mr. Vela! I teach Forensic Science here at MacArthur High School. I am a Husband, Father, Teacher, LE Officer and Realtor…whew! I’ve been married to my loving wife (also a teacher) for seven years and was blessed with twins (boy/girl) who are currently 5 years old going on 30…not kidding! I have been a community volunteer firefighter and have been a public servant for the past four years. My education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement from Coastal Bend College. I have approximately (20) years of experience working both adult and juvenile corrections and (4) years as a Deputy Sheriff which I still currently work part-time. I am fortunate to teach such an interesting course and have been blessed to share my knowledge, education, and experience with the students at MacArthur who are fascinated with forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes. They say if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. I'm living it! GO BRAHMAS!!!