Photo by: Angie Garrett
An invaluable part of my education was my early exposure to many different cultures. Growing up in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago allowed me to come across many different types of people. My schooling was also diverse in that I attended both parochial and public schools. I learned a lot about my religion and about others.
I also have experience with having to learn English as a second language. This experience helps me to facilitate the involvement of parents and the community in the classroom, especially in assisting those who may experience language barriers.
All of these experiences have opened my horizons and have taught me to not only be sensitive to people’s differences but to appreciate them. These same experiences allow me to see students as individuals and to treat them, and teach them, in unique ways.