Two dynamic presentations by Dr. Ramon Resa, field worker to pediatrician, were held at Chalone Peaks Middle School in King City on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
For the past four years, the Carmel Ideas Foundation, in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival, has provided exceptional opportunities for schools to take advantage of the “Festival to Schools” program for middle school and high school students. Renowned presenters are sponsored to go to school sites and share their remarkable accomplishments with large assemblies of students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear.
At age 3, Ramon Resa became a “farmworker boy,” picking cotton, oranges, and grapes in California’s Central Valley. Raised by his Mexican grandparents as one of 15 children, his world was one of poverty, neglect, abuse, and total disregard for education. It was his grade-school teachers who opened his eyes to the idea of going to college and becoming a doctor.
The odds stacked against him—poverty, low self-esteem, a speech impediment, recurring depression, and prejudice—were overwhelming.
When his grandparents urged him to give up his dream and get a factory job so he could pay them back for taking him in, he almost caved in. But, armed only with his stubborn belief in himself and the love and support of his college sweetheart Debbie, now his wife of more than 30 years, he persisted and finished medical school. Then he returned to the Central Valley and opened his pediatric practice, where he has spent two decades working with poor and under served children like the child he was.
Ramon’s story has inspired students, parents, educators, and businesspeople nationwide. In his book, "Out of the Fields," he speaks from the heart to anyone who dreams of creating a better tomorrow.
Students in sixth and seventh grade at Chalone Peaks Middle School listened to Dr. Resa's story and had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with him about their own struggles.
Chalone Peaks Middle School and the Monterey County Office of Education thank the Carmel Ideas Foundation, in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival, for this incredible opportunity.