I was born and raised in Texas and got my bachelor’s degree at The University of Oklahoma in 2008. After graduation, I ventured off to live in Madrid, Spain for over two years. During this time I attended classes for a Masters in Bilingual Education through La Universidad de Alcala- Instituto Franklin while also teaching English to Spanish students ages 3-12. In 2011, I realized I had fallen in love with education and the innocence and joy of children. Combining these passions with my love for the Spanish language, I left Madrid and moved to Denver where I enrolled in the Denver Teaching Fellows cohort to pursue a bilingual teaching position in Denver Public Schools. This is now my fifth year of teaching at Castro Elementary, and my second year teaching in the 4th grade. Prior to 4th grade, I taught 3rd grade for three years. Colorado has offered me many great opportunities. Apart from being blessed to work at such an incredible school, I have been afforded a scholarship through CU Boulder’s BUENO center and am currently working on getting my Master’s degree in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity (EECD) with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, my friends, hiking, and especially cooking! I believe that with hard work and the continued development of both Spanish and English that any child will be successful and create more opportunities for their future. I look forward to working with you and your children to “get there first”!