When I first went to college at ASU, I knew exactly what I would major in...architecture. I had wanted to be an architect my entire life. I'd make small cities in my parents' living room out of paper, draw up floor plans of my dream houses on graph paper, and even make CAD-esq drawings of the kitchen design.
After two years as an undergraduate architecture major, it was time to apply for the upper division program. I took photos of my work and created a portfolio to submit along with my application in Spring 2002. Just a few months later, I would find out that I was not accepted into the program.
I didn't really know what to do after that disappointment, so finally decided to take a semester off of school and started working as a teacher's aid at an elementary school. The school had a high percentage of Hispanic students as was able to use my Spanish speaking proficiency daily with students and parents. It was here where I started to fall in love with teaching.
The next semester, I was signed up for taking some prerequisites to enter the education program at NAU. Fast forward past my graduation in 2005 and to 2008 when I had begun working for the Litchfield Elementary School District. One of my teammates was Jennifer, who we named Jen Ben because there were two Jennifer's on the team. She was this fun-loving woman who was extremely talented as a teacher and came with an in depth knowledge of education. She was a dream teammate to have the pleasure of working and I am so lucky that I had to opportunity to learn from her.
Now she is the principal of a school and you can tell that she LOVES her job. She inspires her teachers and is loved by the parents and students. Jen Ben is one of those people that found her calling in life as an educator.
When she asked if I could make some note cards for her, I was honored and excited to do so. It's the least I could do for all that she does for the kids and families at her school. She truly is a world changer and is making an infinite impact on them. Thank you, Jen Ben for all you do!