Teacher Spotlight Zelatrice Fowler

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  My ancestors and my family have had a huge impact on who I am today, specifically my parents. Growing up in the military, Air Force, I actually lived a very protected and a pretty comfortable life. That’s definitely not to say that there weren’t any … Read more

Teacher Spotlight John Destin

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Family and culture helped to forge who I am today by instilling grit while also displaying gratitude towards what one already possesses. Our way of life forced individuals to develop a strong sense of independence that was vital to thrive within our community. … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight Devin Del Palacio

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  My family and culture have played a significant role in shaping who I am today. The values and traditions passed down by my parents and ancestors, as well as the cultural norms of my community, have influenced my decision-making and the way I … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight Kathleen Frank

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  My family and culture are very important as it has molded me to person I am today. It has shape my view regarding the betterment and assist individuals growth, educational opportunities and be good citizen as an individual and in the community.   Q: Why … Read more

Advisory Board Spotlight Kelsey Haake

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Being Native, our values and culture are engrained into who we are. They shape not only our life choices but the way we carry ourselves in everyday conversations and how we represent ourselves. We know we represent our family and our people in … Read more

Staff Spotlight Monica Martinez

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Imagine being peacefully sound asleep only to be woken by the sound of a vacuum being rammed at lightning speed into your closed bedroom door. My parents woke me up with the world’s loudest alarm clock, the crashing sounds of the vacuum assaulting my door! My siblings and I shared the household chores while … Read more

Teacher Spotlight Dina Ross

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  In my culture, being Mexican is a great honor and pride. I remember music that my grandma made me “like.” She played her records over and over until I had to memorize those songs…. not by choice of course. I love Polkas, Mariachi … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight Arturo Perez

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Tremendously. I work in CSR and volunteer of my time, talents and treasure with multiple organizations. My father ran a small nonprofit in NM helping migrant farmworkers with health, job training, immigration status, etc. That left a lasting impression on me.  Q: Why … Read more

Staff Spotlight Kathy Pondy

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Growing up in the fast-growing West Valley community of Maryvale, I was one of six children. My mother is one of eight and I have 28 first cousins!   My loving Hispanic family got together for EVERY birthday, wedding, holiday, and long weekend. At the center of these … Read more

Board Spotlight Kris Anest

Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?  Family and culture are such important perspectives, and both have shaped and influenced who I am today. My mother was a passionate advocate for education; all types of education, not only core learning like math, science, reading, etc., but music, dance, and fine … Read more