Tell us about yourself.
After living in Austin for 23 years, I made the decision to come home to El Paso. While setting out to pursue a degree in the medical field, I worked in early childhood settings. Little did I know, I had stumbled upon my true calling. I have taught children between 2 and 5 years old for more than 20 years and spent the last 16 teaching and providing administrative support at a small-private school with educators I love and respect dearly. Some of my favorite things include family, Orangetheory Fitness, music, the outdoors, sports and cooking. I also have a 19-year-old daughter who just started her 2nd year at the University of Kansas.
Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
Ultimately, as the Program Specialist for the HOPES Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, I will provide support to the parent educators and program supervisor. In doing so, I will complete intake assessments for potential families, coordinate Group Connections or rather specialized events for participating families, and maintain program databases, to name a few tasks.
Why is this work so important to our community?
El Paso has always had a culture with strong family values. The PAT program fosters the essence of these values by facilitating awareness of early childhood development with home visits tailored to the child’s and family’s needs. Families are also given opportunities to engage in social events and attend regular health and developmental screenings for their child.
What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
Although my journey with the United Way has just begun, I can already see how deep-rooted the organization’s dedication to the El Paso community is. I am overjoyed to have been asked to be a part of an incredible team and look forward to getting reacquainted with it to serve my hometown.
Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Being in a service-driven field, those words are so profound.