The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

By Dnieka Hartsfield
Correspondent 

Our People: Pursuing passion for teaching

 

March 11, 2018

Courtesy photo

Tony Perez of Portales is a full time student at ENMU and has been a forklift driver for 5 years in Portales.

Tony Perez was born and raised in Los Angeles, the middle child of nine. He served in the United States Air Force, with his last duty station at Cannon Air Force Base. He separated from the armed forces in 1992.

Perez fell in love with the slow pace of eastern New Mexico and so decided to set up roots there. He was a children's pastor at Faith Family Christian Church of Clovis for 12 years and pastored at Trinity Church in Portales for three years.

He made the tough decision to leave pastoring in 2014 and go back to school to become a teacher. He didn't let his age discourage him to pursue teaching. He referenced that Noah was well over 100 years old when building the ark. He believes that the best way to pass knowledge down is to teach.

He is married to Cari Perez. The couple have four sons.

He enjoys recreational shooting and shoots competitively with one of his sons. Perez works as a forklift driver and is a full-time student at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

What's your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day always involves family. From a backyard barbecue, fine dining at a restaurant or going to Disneyland. Just as long as it's spending time with family.

When you were a kid, what did you think you'd be doing as an adult?

I always wanted to be a teacher. I let it go for a while but recently decided to pick it back up again.

Tell us a story about your childhood.

I don't have a specific story to tell. But in general, I wasn't raised with a lot of money and there were a lot of disadvantages. But I think the hardships helped build my character. I like who I am today. I've never had the thought that "if only I knew then what I know now" because all that I've experienced taught me a lot.

What was the last costume you wore?

A banana. Because I'm not tall, most people thought I was a lemon.

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Friendly.

What is your theme song?

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

What is your favorite quote?

Life doesn't get any easier. You just have to get better at it.

What's your favorite taste?

Authentic Mexican food. I like Tex Mex, too, but I prefer the authentic stuff.

What's your favorite smell?

Vanilla.

What's your favorite TV show, past and present?

Growing up, my favorite show was The Incredible Hulk. I loved the way the main character helped people all the time. Good Morning America is my favorite today because I enjoy the lighthearted cast and we get human interest stories along with the hard hitting news. I like that balance.

What's the best gift you've ever been given?

My salvation first and then anything my wife gives me. I'm not an ungrateful person so I'm happy to get a pair of socks from her.

- Compiled by The News Correspondent

D'Nieka Hartsfield

 

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