For 24 years, as a teacher at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, Dr. Yolanda Romero has spent her career, in her words, “trying to stay close to my roots and give back.” She estimates that as an instructor and in her 18-year volunteer role as adviser to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she has helped 1,500 to 2,000 students receive scholarships to four-year colleges or associate degree programs. In 2014, Dr. Yolanda Romero became a recipient of the “Daily Points of Light Award”. This national recognition follows a lifetime of service to her students and her community. Not resting on her accolades and awards, Dr. Romero alongside teaching and volunteering collects an oral history documenting Hispanic culture, and that of other international communities, in Irving and other parts of northern Texas. This longstanding project demonstrates the level intimacy and understanding of services and history Dr. Romero has committed her life. She is the first Mexican-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in history from a Texas institution (and the 13th in the United States).