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 art. She was also a driver in terms of giving back in our communities. She had my siblings and I involved in our communities as volunteers in our local hospital and police department from the time we were 14 up to and through graduation. These experiences inspire me to continue being a positive force in my communities. I have remained involved for nearly five decades.
Q: Why is ACEE important to you?
As a teacher, ACEE provided resources and professional growth opportunities that allowed me to be most effective in my classroom with rich experiences that help students understand the world they live in and the impact of their choices. As a corporate partner, ACEE is the link that helps me understand where we can make the most impact from a volunteering and giving perspective. As a board member, ACEE fulfills the mission of spreading economic education in ways that reach ALL students no matter who they are, where they come from, what their opportunities are, and when society thinks they may be ready.
Q: Why do you care about financial and economic education?
Economic education helps us understand our world and make decisions that will hopefully, allow us to achieve our hopes and dreams. Economic education has made it possible for me see the world from a variety of cultures and perspectives and also fulfill my hopes and dreams.