Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Ricardo Zapata Bello

My life story began in my home country many moons ago, but my journey as a teacher in the United States started in 2000 after I finished a Bachelor's degree at the University of Houston-Downtown. Because of my Undergraduate GPA, I got a full scholarship to pursue a Master's in Spanish Literature at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Michigan State University. As part of my duties as a graduate student, I had to teach a beginner's course, which really helped realize that education was my true calling. Then in 2002, one of my colleagues in the Romance and Classical Languages Department talked to his sister, who was a teacher in North Carolina, and she got me an interview for a Spanish position with her district. I drove to that little town east of Wilmington during the Spring-Break, sat for the interview, and was offered the job. I went back to Michigan, finished the semester, and moved to North Carolina. I was hired to teach Spanish, but once there the Principal approached and asked of me if I wanted to teach Honor's World History, so I taught my favorite subject for two years, let alone Drama which was also offered to me after the teacher in charge of staging plays and musicals retired. After this amazing experience, and for personal reasons, I had to move to Montana, where I taught Spanish K-12 and Art History (the latter every other week) for a year. I got a job in Arizona after that and I taught there from 2005-2008. Then I moved back to Houston, taught for 3 years, and moved to Wyoming, where I taught as well, until June, 2012. I took a year off, more or less, and came back to Houston in 2013, when a school at FBISD offered me a job to teach Spanish I and II. In 2015, I decided to quit my job and move to the Dallas area because I wanted to try teaching at a different city in Texas, but I did not like it there, so I moved back to Houston, tried to get a job with FBISD, but it did not happen until this year. I am very happy to be back with a school district that truly offers great things to new and experienced teachers. I think that teaching is the foundation of all professions. However, I also believe that the teacher's job is not to impart knowledge, but to bring it forth, as it is the job of a midwife to help deliver a child. I would like to help my students realize that "knowledge is power" and that the more they learn, the better equipped they will be to achieve their personal and professional goals, beyond high school.

  • Period 1: 7:30-8:20 am
    Period 2: Conference
    Period 3: 9:20-10:10 am
    Period 4: 10:15-11:05
    Period 5: 11:55-12:55 pm
    Period 6: 1:00-1:50 pm
    Period 7: 1:55-2:45 pm
    Period 8: Advisory
  • Tutorial 1: 2:45-3:15 pm
    Tutorial 2: 2:45-3:15 pm
    Tutorial 3: 2:45-3:15 pm
    Tutorial 4: 2:45-3:15 pm