"I work at a school that's primarily made up of immigrant families. I want them to see the daughter of an immigrant who was able to achieve the dream my father had in mind when he first set out for this country. I want them to see someone who uses education as a way to move forward in life, and someone who sees her own value even if nobody else does. They need to see that I am someone who truly believes in them. I also want them to see someone who puts Christ at the center of every decision I make, even if I struggle with this- which I do a lot of the time- and someone who tries her best to embody patience and genuine love.
Being a teacher is hard because you're almost acting, and some people might not like that response because they'll want you to be 'real' or 'authentic.' The truth is my 'real' self is a work in progress and a lot of the times it's ugly, but if I can show my students something beautiful then maybe it'll be okay."