WHAT EDGAR AND CHRISTINA TORRES HAVE LEARNED AT SCHOOL HOUSE PUB

Edgar Torres is no stranger to East Austin or the service industry. He grew up around his parent's restaurant, Mi Madre's, an Austin staple on Manor Road for over 25 years. His wife Christina isn't afraid of a challenge. The first in her family to go to college, Christina says no one thought she could do it, but that just drove her harder. When the two of them got together to fulfill their dream of owning a business in the East Austin community, it's no wonder the resulting School House Pub became a neighborhood hit.

Of course, Edgar has experienced his share of business failures. "I never regret opening and closing a restaurant and it's turned into something even better because I believe if I wouldn't have done that, then this would have never happened," Edgar says.

Both Edgar and Christina say that being a self-starter is key to making your dreams come true.

"My advice to EAPrep students and the first graduating class would be to follow your dreams through and then keep going," Christina says. "Every day, make a difference. Make it happen."