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Michelle Hilario

#232 Michelle Hilario, Class of 2012
(A.A. Liberal Studies: Arts, Humanities, and Communication)

Ever since I was a child I wanted to become a teacher. When I graduated, my family felt I should follow another career path since teachers did not make a lot of money. Thus, I spent the next eight years in Corporate America. In 2000 I had my first child and 18 months later I had my second child. I happily chose to stay home with my kids. When it came time to return to work I dreaded the thought. I realized it was time I followed my true dream of becoming a teacher. I was extremely blessed to have a very supportive husband that encouraged me to return to school.

In the Fall of 2012 I graduated with my A.A. in Liberal Arts and continued taking Early Childhood Education (ECE) classes. I became the President of the ECE Club for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 school years and began working at the McCarthy Center at College of the Desert. Working there cemented my desire to become a teacher so I began to take concurrent classes at Brandman University and graduated in the summer of 2014. I am now a Substitute Teacher and am living the life I have always wanted. I feel rewarded and fulfilled each day. I am also working on my Master’s Degree in Teaching and Multiple-Subject Credential at Brandman University. I cannot wait for the day I get to teach in my own classroom. College of the Desert made this all possible for me. Thank you, COD!