Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 School Year!

Hello Everyone,

It is great to be here at R. Cantu Jr. High for the 2022-2023 school year! I teach 6-8 grade health and physical education and coach girls athletics. This is my 14th year serving the students and community here at R. Cantu Jr. High. The purpose of this page is to give you a brief background of myself and a general idea of my personal philosophy on education as it applies to Health and Physical Education.

I was born and raised in the RGV, grew up in the historical city of Penitas.  I graduated from La Joya H.S. and completed my bachelors and masters from UTRGV.  I played sports throughout my childhood and high school years. I am a wife to Leo Salinas, whom I share our 3 children with, Ryan (18), Damian "Drew" (6), and Maddie (3).  My hobbies include DIY projects, photography, and working out.

In my classes I hope to encourage sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth, over a must win attitude. I find sport/exercise to be a great stress reliever, escape from frustrations, and an opportunity to strengthen one’s self no matter winning or losing.  In addition, I will promote the power of decision making and goal setting as life skills and educate students on the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind through positive behaviors. I believe in the value of arming kids with practical, lifelong health skills, which cross over subject matter and develop character.


Coach Roxana Salinas

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Rafael Cantu Jr. High

Go Cavaliers!