I currently work as a high school Spanish teacher in a medium-sized city. I profoundly enjoy my position just as I enjoy the perks of having nights, weekends, major holidays, and summers “off.” (Now we ALL know that teachers are never really completely off from their jobs, right? We constantly, plan, reflect on our practice, gather/make new materials, grade papers, etc…)

Before becoming a teacher I also worked in various capacities from adjunct community college instructor in ESL to bilingual paralegal in a well-known law firm, and even assistant retail store manager and janitor. And before that I worked in fast food. So, I guess you can say I am pretty well-rounded in spite of the fact that I came to the outside-of-the-home workforce very late. That is to say that I spent many years at home raising (and sometimes home-schooling) my four sons.

We have a long line of educators in our family, so I suppose it was inevitable that I would teach. But despite my great enjoyment of teaching high schoolers…it’s not exactly my life’s goal. My ambition is to become Professor Camellia Perez and work at my own alma mater, or at least at one of the other nearby colleges. In spite of my age, I still like to imagine that this can be done. I am currently in school AGAIN, at the Master’s Degree level. And it might not be too far of a stretch to think that I could begin working at a college within 5 years or so. Really. But I will definitely let you know how it goes every step of the journey…


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