Over the years, I have heard many comments on my career choice such as “Wow, you must be patient”, “You are doing God’s work with them Seneca kids,” and the truth is that I am honored to work for an agency that goes above and beyond to accommodate, support, and really see each individual, family and community for all that they are, even those who might be most misunderstood in society.
I love that through my role, I can challenge the educational system and advocate for my students and their mental health. To my students and many others whose educational journeys have been extraordinary, I am a living and breathing example of perseverance. I love that with the help of my students, each day I learn and implement ways that will allow me to continue growing into a strong, determined, and successful mental health professional.
The support that I have received not only from my direct team, the Berkeley Public Schools program (Love y’all!) but the agency as a whole, is remarkable. I have NEVER felt like I have been in it alone and they have always pushed for me to go after everything that I want and deserve. Considering that the communities that we serve are very similar to my own, I love that I feel that I am making an impact and advocating for those who cannot always advocate for themselves. I love that I am now able to bring awareness to my Latine/BIPOC communities on why mental health is so important.
Finally, I absolutely love that through my role, I can be my most authentic self and that is enough. I am seen, I am respected, I am valued. Not only as a Seneca employee, but as a human being who is carving her path in this world.