Patrick Sumba Mutoro’s remarkable journey from Kenya to the United States is a testament to his unwavering determination and resilience. His story underscores the pursuit of one’s dreams and passions, even in the face of daunting challenges and unexpected twists of fate.
Mutoro’s narrative commences with his deep-seated passion for teaching mathematics and physics in Kenya. Following the successful completion of his teacher training in his home country, he embarked on a teaching career that began at Mudavadi Girls High School. His commitment to education shone through as he continued to teach at Mutonge High School for an impressive four years.
However, Mutoro was confronted with the harsh reality of the inadequate compensation for teachers in Kenya, especially for those holding a bachelor’s degree. Despite his genuine love for teaching, he was compelled to make the heart-wrenching decision to leave his role within the Teacher Service Commission (TSC). This decision led him to Laiser High School, where he continued to impart knowledge for three more years.
The trajectory of Mutoro’s career took a positive turn when he assumed the role of deputy headmaster at Testimony School in Eldoret, eventually becoming the headmaster at Talent High School. Nonetheless, a setback ensued when he lost his position at Brookshine due to not meeting the expected standards. Unfazed by this setback, he secured a teaching position at Sunshine High School, where he dedicated six fruitful years to his students.
A pivotal moment arrived when Mutoro stumbled upon an advertisement for the green card application while in Nairobi. Despite a successful teaching career in Kenya, he decided to seize the opportunity and applied for the green card, never anticipating the life-altering outcome that would follow.
Upon his arrival in the United States, Mutoro was confronted with the sobering reality that he needed to adapt to a vastly different job market. He initially found work in caregiving and security, far removed from his true teaching passion.
However, Mutoro’s indomitable spirit and unwavering determination to pursue his passion led him to discover the Grand Canyon teacher preparation course. Despite toiling long hours as a security guard, he faithfully attended online classes during the evenings.
Upon successfully completing the course, he acquired the necessary credentials to apply for a teaching position in the U.S., rekindling his dream of educating and inspiring students.