My professional career as an educator came as no surprise. It was in my blood. I loved learning and knew from a young age that the written and spoken word was magic. Since my graduation from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, my life has been an adventure. I began my teaching career at Bond Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and presently work as a Third-grade teacher at Bond Elementary School that spans 34 years.
The way we impart information to children is different today, but the end-results are the same. Children are educated and somehow become a student of academia. It is a joy to see a child blossom into learner and doer. It is a challenge at times, but the love of learning continues to drive a passion for teaching.
A resident of Tallahassee since the age of three has provided me a greater understanding of the city; how it has changed and evolved to what it is now. As I was educated in the Leon County School System,keeps me connected internally with the development of the physical aspect of how the system developed into what is now. From pencil and paper to technology integration, I have supported it all. Looking back, I understand the dynamics of the legislative system on the district as a whole. Our school systems controlled from the outside, with very little input from the stakeholders; tend to fall apart very easily. We think we have input, but really; we do not. The final decision is made somewhere in the sky by people we do not care to know.
I feel most comfortable working in my community. This is difficult but rewarding work. As a young child in middle school, I began my entrepreneurial pursuits as a Door-to-Door sales person by selling greeting cards and shoes of all things. I think about these days and wonder why I did not start my own business. After many years of reflecting on the years that made me who I am today, as a resident of Orange Blossom Heights, I began attending the Jake Gaither Neighborhood Association. My parents were active members and I still have a list of the early members.
This brings me to the present. Currently, I serve as the Vice-President of the Jake Gaither Neighborhood Association and an active member of the Capital Area Neighborhood Network (CANN). As an AVON Independent Representative, I support folks who want to start their own AVON business. Last year I started my company lmaria Creations to pursue my dream of designing and creating. It is an exciting time in my life. Giving back is important to me. No matter what I do, I am educating.
I am worried about the future of our world. The world is growing apart. Folks really need to support the schools and businesses in their local communities. My goal is to continue as long as possible to give back and not worry too much. I will forever provide my time, my talent and my economic support to my community.
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