Position: Academic Intervention Specialist for TK – 3rd Grade at Achieve Academy
Firstly, I have always enjoyed working with children and families. Also, my parents always instilled in me a love for learning and so I’ve always gravitated towards teaching as a profession. However, what specifically got me here is that I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors and leaders who took the time to guide me – many folks who believed in me and saw potential in me I didn’t always see in myself. I have been blessed with many opportunities and the proper support to grow professionally and expand my experience in public education. I have been at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and given the support I’ve needed to yes and with the help of others, make things happen.
Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
What does your average day look like?
Emails, staff check-ins, team meetings, IEP meetings, making student learning tools, laminating them, collaboration, scheduling, and best of all, learning with students and building relationships with families.
Why do you do this work?
I am still trying to find the exact words to describe why I come to work every day. What I do know, is that I hope to serve students and families the way many educators served my own life, and the life of my family. I hope to disconfirm internal working models every day to empower students and their families, especially those who experience systematic oppression and other forms of inequality, discrimination, trauma, and disadvantage.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In?
I hope that in the future, the values of All-In! become a norm across education. At All-In!, I have been taught to serve our communities through student and family centered values and practices. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned with Seneca’s All-In! Program is that we are only as effective as how well we serve our students and families in most need.