Growing up, I was the only girl of color in my elementary magnet school. I struggled with reading and was put in the ‘Orange Uh-Oh’ reading group. I didn’t know then, but later learned that my parents had to fight long and hard for me to receive the support I needed to be a success in my academic career and continue in the magnet program. The discrimination they endured while they were in school, and saw their daughter going through, drove them to fight for something better for me. They won their fight, and I thrived. Having later learned of my elementary experience, I was determined to make sure that all people are treated with respect, given every opportunity for success and to make my parents proud.
I continued on my path, not knowing where I would end up. I proudly earned a B.A. in Sociology at CSU Dominguez Hills. After obtaining my B.A., I decided to try my hand in teaching and fell in love with the process. I decided to further my education and am blessed to have obtained my M.A. in Educational Administration, as well as gained experience in grades K – 10 as both a learner, educator and administrator.
I never expected to be a teacher. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I wanted to do something that would leave a positive imprint on society. Upon reflecting on my journey, it is evident that God’s hand has always been leading me to where He needs me to be. A counselor, a friend, an encouraging word, an educator. My experience has allowed me to assist hundreds of students improve their skills and see them thrive in a positive environment. Seeing them walk in the classroom on day 1 as an unsure student, and walk out standing tall and thankful for what they have learned is a great gift.
The journey has not always been smooth, but it has brought a plethora of knowledge and experience that I have needed to complete God’s work.
I am blessed to be able to share that with the Verb community. Thanks for having me!