No one in my household had a formal education but they always encouraged us to study. When I go back home, I am reminded that education took me out of a tough area and saved me from the hustler game. Currently, my dreams and my goals far outshine those of my neighborhood peers.
Education is the key to all of my progress. I've seen firsthand how education improves lives.
I was living in Buenos Aires when I met a young woman that needed to pass a professional English exam because she had failed it six times before meeting me and needed to pass it in order to graduate from her university. After working together with her, she finally passed. She was really happy but I was thrilled! It was my first time teaching and I was able to change someone's life for the better. I fell in love with teaching at that very moment. I continued teaching her university friends until I had to move. Each of my students passed. This experience helped me to realize that I need to give back to education as education allowed me to do so much. A lot of people helped me along the way as I went from preschool all the way through to law school graduation.
One of the main things that helped me to teach this population is the fact that I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. The ability to speak more than 1 language opens up a whole new world. You get to experience new songs and dances, new friends, conversations for fun or for work, the ability to help others that struggle in one of your languages. The opportunities are immeasurable!
In my opinion, the best way to get noticeably positive results is to push students just the right amount. If they are pushed too much, you might turn them away.
If you do not push them, however, the results can include a loss of interest, a lack of effort, less learning, and you might create bad study habits.
There are benefits to pushing students. It encourages them to be more studious, knowledgeable and curious. If you can learn to learn then you will gain information and therefore become more intellectual.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelor in Arts, Education
Graduate Degree: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Juris Doctor, Prelaw Studies
Travel has had a big influence on my life. I love watching Latin American cinema, especially films from Argentina and Spain as Buenos Aires was my home for 5 years. I have also lived in the Republic of Panamá for about a year and Puerto Rico for a year. Travel has really helped me to improve my Spanish. I have a little archeologist in me as I really love to get a close look at different cultures in all forms. I remember being hit in the head by a flying can at the Mexico versus Panamá soccer game in Panama City. I met the Guna tribe and got to experience a lot of other things but that can will never be forgotten. I got to surf with the locals in Puerto Rico. I also learned to cook a few of their national dishes. I ate way too much red meat in Argentina. They are known for their meat but they eat a lot of pasta. I love to cook so I took some cooking classes there and learned to make pasta from scratch. My goal is to learn new things every day. The beach is amazing! Playing the ukulele on the beach is a favorite past-time of mine. I love to swim, I love to scuba dive. I love the sounds of the ocean, I love jumping waves and sometimes being pushed to the bottom of the ocean by the strength of the water. The ocean teaches. It is a humbling experience.