Q. What is your heritage and what country (or countries) is your family is from?
A. El Salvador
Q. What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you personally, and why is it important to celebrate it in the PGCPS community?
A. Hispanic Heritage Month means recognizing and giving flowers to the many Latinos/Latinas who have contributed to society. It is important to celebrate it in PGCPS so our students learn about diversity and all the great things Latinx have accomplished. They will be able to see and learn about success and be inspired.
Q. How has your cultural background and heritage shaped your perspective as a leader in education?
A. It has had a large impact on my perspective as a leader in education. When I arrived in the United States, I was placed in an English as a Second Language program. I learned early on that education and learning new things could open many doors for me, and it has. I wanted to become a principal and I wanted my students to be motivated and inspired by seeing someone who was once in their seat make it to a leadership position.
Q. What advice do you have for those interested in pursuing a career in education, especially those from Latino backgrounds?
A. Si se puede! You can do it and you have a community who will support you.
Q. Can you recommend a book, movie, podcast or other resource that students, parents and educators can explore to learn more about Hispanic heritage and its significance in our society?
A. A book: “The Distance Between Us.”