What’s your education background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in English, both of which I completed at Cal State Long Beach. Furthering my commitment to my English studies by earning a Master’s degree not only allowed me to continue studying something I loved, but it also helped me develop the skills required to create a solid and impactful curriculum for my students. During my graduate studies, I primarily focused on post-1900s Ethnic American literature because I wish to introduce my students to works of literature that will bridge gaps between different cultures, traditions, and beliefs.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The most important lesson life has taught me is that the purpose of life is to spread kindness and live from a place of love.
What was the moment that you decided to teach?
Although it sounds cheesy, I knew I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was a child. I remember playing “teacher” and growing angry when my friends didn’t actually learn anything. I briefly considered becoming a school psychologist, but my amazing Godinez English teachers convinced me to study English after high school. I loved my English teachers so much and I wanted to do the amazing work that they did. I’m happy that I listened to my intuition!
What is the main goal you have for your students and how will you try and accomplish them?
I want to help educate a generation of students who have the tools needed to reshape our world. I know that with the correct education, students can unlock their potential to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and active participants in world issues.
What are your hobbies outside of school?
My hobbies outside of school are singing, drawing, hiking, and laying out by the beach!