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Fulfilling the Promise: From KIPP Aspire Alumna to KIPP Aspire Teacher
As you were weighing out your college options, what made you choose Texas Christian University?
It’s no secret, paying for college is difficult. As a first-generation college student, there was so much that my family and I didn’t understand about the financial-aid process. Knowing that most of the students at my high school had drastically different financial situations than myself, I didn’t feel comfortable going to my counselors for support. Additionally, my high school didn’t provide support in Spanish for my family. Thankfully, KIPP Through College (KTC) was there. My mom visited KIPP every other week to make sure everything was in line for me to go to college. Whatever questions she had, KTC was able to help by making phone calls, doing the math, and connecting her to the right people. After I finished weighing my options, sifting through my acceptances, and chatting with my family and KTC, it just made sense to go to TCU. It was financially attainable and I was going to get an exceptional education. I’m so proud to have graduated from such an amazing university, and I will always BLEED PURPLE!
What makes you want to teach? More specifically, what makes you want to teach in San Antonio?
It wasn’t until my junior year that I started to become interested in teaching as a future career. It was too late to change my major, so I researched other routes to the classroom. Joining Teach For America was the most logical next step–it was an opportunity to get more training and support while also positioning me to impact students like myself. I reflected back on my college career and realized how much my education changed my life. I knew that I had to go back to San Antonio, back to my community. It was a place that I felt connected to, and I knew that I could make an impact on students.
That’s a lot of pressure, yeah? Education has been really transformational for you, and now you’re helping shape the future KIPP Aspire students. What’s top of mind as you enter the classroom?
When I was younger, I saw college as a space reserved for upper-class, white citizens. I want to show my students that college is possible. It’s important that they see people who look like them graduating and succeeding. I’m also excited about fostering a connection with my students’ families. My mom was constantly at KIPP, trying to help me as much as possible with my education. I understand how important parents can be in transforming their child’s educational journey, and I’m eager to work with parents to support their children. Lastly, I want to show my students that their voices matter. Throughout my education, it was rare that I was taught about role models, authors, leaders, or activists who reflected my background. I was always learning about others, but couldn’t find elements of my personal identity in the work. I want to show my students that people like them can change the world.