I was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Miami, Florida when I was just a toddler. Spanish was my first language and I entered kindergarten not knowing a single word in English, yet I was fully proficient in English by the first grade and remain fully bilingual and biliterate. I was blessed to have been raised by wonderful parents who despite having limited English proficiency and no college education, understood the value of high academic achievement and continually challenged me to work to potential.
I started my teaching career as a CTE Business Education teacher at Alleghany High School in Sparta, NC. In 2011, my family and I relocated to Mooresville, NC, and soon after I moved into a Secondary ESL position with the Mooresville Graded School District. I presently serve as CTE Instructional Facilitator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. My background in CTE and ESL have been tremendously beneficial in my current role as we prepare young people for a rapidly evolving global marketplace.