Saul Ramirez is the chess coach and art teacher at Henderson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, where he coached his students to win the national chess championships in 2015 and 2016. Ramirez grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, located in one of the poorest zip codes in the United States. When he discovered chess as a child, it created a pathway out of misfortune. Ramirez, like his current students, competed and became a champion in various tournaments. Ramirez graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in May 2010 and started teaching at Henderson Middle School in August of that same year, where he continues to create new paths for the dreams of his students. He lives in El Paso with his wife, Edna, and two children, Saul Jr. and Frida.

John Seidlitz is an author and educator, who provides professional development for teachers of immigrant students. He is the author of the children’s book Sometimes, which chronicles the story of elementary age Mexican immigrants. Seidlitz lives in Irving, Texas, with his wife and five children.