Growing up I was taught by my parents that education is the avenue to reach any goals you set in life. As a mother of two, I made to sure my kids understood the same beliefs that I learned about education. I received my undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University in Communications-Radio and Television in hopes of becoming a broadcaster. However, due to the small number of jobs available to me at that time, I landed several paraprofessional positions including working with Bilingual PRe-K3 students as a classroom aide to PPCD classes, and a secretary for a grant funded program at Lufkin High School known as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). From working with students, I realized that I could have more of an impact on students to reach their goals in life by becoming a teacher. Therefore, I became one of the first of my generation in my family to graduate from college, attend an alternative certification program, and later become a part of the Alief school district. I have now been working in Alief and at Mata for 5 years, and I have had the opportunity to work with a culturally diverse student population while collaborating with many dynamic teachers whose goal is to continue to empower students and parents.