As a child, I was lucky to have parents and grandparents that sparked my interest in reading, guiding me through entire worlds contained within the pages of their PeTA and National Geographic magazines, the heavy, thick volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica, and the classic writings of poets and philosophers. My fourth grade teacher fanned the flames with her wall maps and spinning globes, conjuring the idea that I could actually travel to those magical places in the magazines, I could experience other cultures, I could make a difference . . . I could teach.
After a 20-year detour as a design engineer for companies like Universal Studios, American Airlines, and Lockheed Martin, I finally completed an elementary education degree (University of Central Florida, 2011) and followed my heart into the classroom. Now I am the tour guide, leading my students through the wondrous world of learning so they can find their own sparks, their own magical places.
When I’m not teaching, I spend time as an advocate for animals, the elderly, and children who need a voice. This year I begin Blanket Statement, an intergenerational non-profit organization pairing inner city girls with elderly women in an effort to re-label and empower, to exchange ideas and skills, and for all to find a purpose within the global community.
And if there is any time leftover, my husband and I, with our furbabies curled neatly in our laps, spin the globe and plan our next travel destination.