LOCATION: Costa Mesa, CA
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WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB?
I am a 3rd grade teacher at KIPP Raíces Academy in East Los Angeles, CA.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE?
I have to stay true to myself. My passion for education and the families I serve inspire me to give it my all. In my profession, I know that I am a role model not only for the students I teach but also my colleagues and the students’ families.
WHAT FUELS YOU TO TAKE ACTION?
My students, their families and the current state of education in our nation. I have the privilege to teach at a school that is proving what is possible for students. Seeing the growth a student can make while in my classroom in inspiring.
HOW DO YOU INSPIRE PROGRESS IN OTHERS?
I am able to inspire progress by educating young people and their families to see what is possible and demanding excellence. I live and breathe my passion everyday. I am able to push families and students to advocate for themselves and see the importance of education for their future.
WHAT IS A RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU’RE PROUD OF?
I was awarded Teacher of the Year for KIPP LA Schools.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?
A student in my class named Maritza who I have had the privilege of teaching in Kindergarten and now 3rd grade. I admire her for her hard work, dedication and love. She has been through a lot in her life but she never lets it get her down. She has a positive outlook on life and will continue to do what it takes to be a strong, educated and inspiring young girl.