My curiosity of the complexities of human nature is what led me to study anthropology during my years as an undergraduate. Exposed to multiple nationalities and being raised in two countries, Colombia and the United States, gave me the ability to comprehend different ethnicities. The study of anthropology fostered qualities of empathy, open-mindedness, patience, and analytical intelligence within me. Since the science of humanity continues to be a passion of mine, I am determined to join an organization that will allow me direct contact with people and to serve society in a more profound manner.
While being raised in Colombia, I learned about poverty and how education can provide the training students need to succeed on their own. My attention changed to humanitarian crisis where I believe literacy programs empower people to seek constructive change in their communities and cultures. After moving back to the States, I realized how privileged I was to have come back to a country that offers many opportunities to their students. During my time at the university, I was part of various human-rights organizations such as Global Friendship, Amnesty International and Heal the World. I also attended human rights film events where I was introduced to other organizations. Viewing these helped me gain some knowledge about National and International human rights standards, how to support human rights reforms in other countries, and how to outreach initiatives to better serve vulnerable populations Internationally and around me.
After graduating, the experiences I amassed during this period of my life opened my eyes to the immense need and profound benefits of expanding and enriching educational horizons. After studying abroad in Australia and teaching in China, I sought other teaching and international experiences that include teaching immigrants in my community and tutoring international and American students. As a student mentor, I worked with international University students to help them improve their English, adjust to change, and succeed academically and socially in an American University. Education will always be part of my professional passion because of the change I have seen it make in people’s lives. Ultimately, my personal, educational, and professional background motivates me to contribute to society in a way that comprises my beliefs and values of helping those in need.
What is your teaching philosophy?
With a positive attitude and reminding them that we are there to learn from each other. There's no such thing as failure or wrong answers, everything takes practice, hard work, and commitment.