Mis bisabuelos were absolutely crazy about each other. I distinctly recall them swaying in the kitchen to Selena and Los Tigres del Norte. They met in Marfa, Texas at a local dancing hall. She was a caretaker and he was a miner. As a child, I deeply yearned to connect with my great-grandparents in their native language. From middle school through college, I dove into my studies and took as many opportunities as possible to immerse and connect in Spanish.
At age 19, I was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder, a neurological defect that affects how the brain processes language. Informed that I would never be able to learn a second language, I enrolled in an intensive study-abroad program in Spain and graduated from The University of Texas with honors in Spanish.
In the classroom, I strive to inspire other students with learning differences to fulfill their academic and personal dreams. I believe that all children, regardless of their zip code, ethnicity, or learning difference, deserve the right to an engaging, meaningful, and empowering educational experience.