In 1997 my family and I moved to the Coachella Valley looking for a better life. I decided to go to college and started taking Early Childhood Education classes in 2001. Four years later, I graduated with my AA degree in Liberal Arts and transferred to Cal State San Bernardino. After graduation I was unable to find employment so I came back to COD and enrolled in more ECE classes and at the same time started as a student worker at the McCarthy Family Child Development Resource Training Center. The next semester I applied to become an Intern. It was during this year as an Intern, working with a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher, that gave me the confidence to apply for a teacher position in the Migrant Headstart program.
After two years, I had the opportunity to apply for an ECE Specialist position that I currently have at the McCarthy Center. I am now in the enviable position of working with children every day, being a Mentor to ECE students, and continuing my professional growth and development. COD was here when I needed them and now I am honored to be able to pay forward all those years of support and education.