Taking pride in his hard work is one of the most important things Robert Cantu would like people to know about his Mexican-American culture. Cantu is the warehouse supervisor for food and infant nutrition services at Dallas ISD. He held this position for six years.
“I was taught to be proud of my work. Sometimes that’s the only way we can communicate, ”Cantu said. “His work represents who you are as a person.”
Cantu is a Dallas ISD product and a proud alum of Skyline High School, Class of 2004. His father is a Mexican immigrant from Nuevo León, who came to the United States to work in construction and provide a better life for his family. . Her mother is a housewife from Clebourne, Texas. He has been married for four years to Angelica Cantu, a Gifted and Talented Teacher at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School.
Cantu first followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by working in construction. He then took the opportunity to work at Dallas ISD as a cafeteria supervisor and administrative assistant, before moving to his current position. He worked for Dallas ISD for eight years.
Along with his belief in hard work, the part of his Mexican-American heritage that is most important to him is the Spanish language.
“There are words that don’t translate directly from English to Spanish,” Cantu said. “But the Spanish language is part of connecting with people. I love the way the language expresses feelings, urgency and passion.
Making an impact on the lives of students by offering them something as simple as a meal is another thing that makes Cantu smile and feel empowered. Every day, he makes sure that every school cafeteria has all the products needed to provide healthy meals to thousands of students. For some of them, it’s the only meal they can eat all day.
“My work has become a passion because I can make an impact every day,” Cantu said. “Sometimes I work 11 to 12 hours a day to make sure everything is in order… it’s worth it.