1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I would have to say that from the time I was a teenager I have struggled a lot with extreme anxiety. Growing up I never spoke about it; I think in part because I am naturally outgoing as a person. I always feared that I wouldn't be taken seriously when experiencing an anxiety attack or embarrassed when having one all together because of this idea that having anxiety is a weakness. Now that I have lived a few more years I have become more vocal when I experience triggers to my anxiety, recognizing that having anxiety is not a weakness but actually a strength because a person with anxiety fights the world everyday and, for the most part, comes out on top.
2. What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions would be working with young people, advocacy, and I'm just getting back into an old passion of mine, modeling. From a young age my parents taught me that to make a difference in the world you have to empower the youth. I'm a high school teacher, and I can say wholeheartedly that my students empower me just as much as, if not more than, I try to empower them everyday. Their resiliency and determination in the face of obstacles is inspiring. At the end of the day if my students walked away from my classroom as advocates for themselves as well as their community I would count that as a success.
As a teacher I'm very aware of the need for proper self-care. A part of that self-care is to make sure that I keep doing activities to feed my soul's fire. Modeling has helped that fire grow. I fell in love with the way it can tell an entire story in just a few frames.
3. What are your goals for the future?
In terms of modeling, I hope to continue to grow in my image and expand my experiences with photographers, as well as my support base. I'm hoping to increase my platform so that I can give a platform to my students and social issues of today.
In addition, I'm looking to making waves in the US education system on a state or national level, through policy work and local advocacy. I have seen way too many broken or flawed systems that ultimately have a negative affect on everyone, inside the classroom and out. I want to help fix these systems through working with either non-profit or state/federal agencies.
My mom always said that there are three kinds of people in this world, people who swim with the current, people who swim against the current, and people who change the current all together. My goal is simply to move the stream.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is to make an impact on at least one student everyday. It doesn't have to be a huge impact, just one that has helped them in some way. I always think that if I can help my students, friends or family be the best version of themselves in some way then our lives will be that much better.
I also believe that success is an action and happens on a sliding scale everyday. Some success can be once in a lifetime and others discrete. I think to be successful in your life all you need is happiness in what you're doing (even on a tiny scale like eating a favorite food once everyday) and passion to make the world a little brighter.
5. Tell us something about the projects that you're working on.
Currently I am working on a number of projects. For modeling I have been working with local artists to build my portfolio and am starting to reach out to boutique agencies in LA and NY. I am hoping to increase my subscriber platform on Instagram in order to enhance my reputation and experience with different looks.
As far as my career in education goes, I am working to complete my Level II dossier for my licensure and I'm looking into different masters programs for education policy. I'm going to be signing up to take the GRE this upcoming year and hope to take the next step of applying to colleges soon.
Oh! Also, I just got married this past May! That is my favorite project that I'm currently working on! I think I'm lucky because my partner brings out the best in me. She supports me in my ambitions to succeed in my goals; I wouldn't be the person I am today without her.
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