Rosa Loya, Area 19, Spotlight

May 07, 2020 | Updated: May 07, 2020

Rosa Loya

In the spotlight this week we have another teacher! Ms. Rosa Loya! She is a teacher/coach/ and HOD for Irvin High School, and the Coach/HOD for El Paso Gators. Coach Rosa has been part of the Special Olympics family for quite a bit of time because her son CJ Loya is an athlete. She became even more involved and taking a leadership roll in 2014 when her mentor decided it was time to retire. Coach Loya has participated in local, area, and state competitions. She is a coach for basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, track and field. She would like to become a coach for powerlifting, volleyball, tennis, and any other sport that her athletes want to participate in. 

Coach Rosa loves Special Olympics so much because it gives an opportunity for special needs community to participate in sports. She also loves the Inclusion Revolution movement, if there is an opportunity for unified events Coach Loya is sure to be there bringing her teams to participate in unified events! Special Olympics keeps Coach Loya and her family very busy, but she wouldn't have it any other way!

Fun Facts:

Favorite SOTX Memory: Seeing her athletes' big smiles when they receive their awards, especially at State Competitions.
What is the best advice you have received: Teaching is a rewarding career so do your best and you will get rewarded.
What are your hobbies: Camping, arts and crafts, volleyball, and just being with family.
Favorite Band/Singer: Skillet and Ashes Remain
Favorite Hero/Idol: Wonder Woman
Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Place to Visit: It is her dream to visit Greece, but loves going to the ocean
Favorite movie/TV show: Grease
Favorite Thing about Special Olympics: Helping her athletes improve in any sport they are in
Other Talents: Volleyball coach at Jefferson HS, sewing and needle art