I have worked in education most of my life. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a number of educational settings and with populations of learners. Previously, I worked for an education management startup where our goal was to create educational opportunities here in the United States for visiting international medical students and physicians, so educational equity has always been a passion of mine. More recently, I worked for the Chicago Literacy Alliance, whose goal was to raise the literacy rate for all Chicagoans. As their community assistant I was a jack of all trades and worked with all departments including programming, community outreach, development, operations and database management. If there’s something I don’t know I am always eager to learn. I’ve spent a good amount of time volunteering for causes I care about and with organizations such as We All Live Here, where I was able to help paint murals at different schools in an effort to promote community and inclusiveness.
I recently graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Arts and finished my undergraduate research fellowship where my focus was on the impact of culturally responsive curricula and pedagogy. This is a passion of mine and I plan on furthering this next fall as I am applying to graduate programs in educational policy and leadership, with a focus on sociocultural studies in education.
Some of my personal interests include reading and playing with my son, collecting comics and graphic novels, writing short stories and poetry, research, cooking with my partner, going on walks with my dog Lucy, rubbing my cat’s belly when she lets me, and playing and finding new music.
For me, literacy makes me think of the quote, “Education is the great equalizer” and in order for us to know where we’re going we need to understand where we’ve come from and that is made possible, or at least easier, by being literate. I think that books are something magical and offer insight as well as an escape into our imaginations. When I was a kid and I read The Three Musketeers. It was one of my favorite books, but when I found out that the author was partly a person of color that is something that inspired me. Someone who could look like me being able to create something so magical was truly something inspiring and is one of the reasons I began writing growing up. I believe that once you learn to read you will forever be free.