English Teacher, Miguel Pro K-12 School
Rockhurst University 2016
Major: Spanish Education
Fun Fact: Her name, Ani, is a ruined city in Armenia with the nickname, “City of 1,001 churches.”
Share a little about the moment you got your offer from JVC?
I had just gotten home from a long day of teaching and sat down on the couch to do some grading. I received a call from an unknown number but was not thinking it would be JVC as I had returned from Discernment Weekend just a few days earlier. When I heard my Program Coordinator’s voice on the line I froze, but as he told me about my placement I felt a calming presence take away the fears and anxieties I had over the past few months. I took the weekend to think about it, but I knew instantly that God was calling me to accept this mission.
Tell us something you’re looking forward to at your placement?
Developing relationships with the local community – that is where one can begin to understand the host culture in an effort to better serve the people of one’s host country.
What social justice issue are you most passionate about and why?
As a teacher, I know the power each of us holds when we walk into the classroom. Solving the issue of inadequate education begins with each educator. The decision we make to put our students’ needs before our own will impact the educational system if we persevere.
How did you choose your major?
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but it was my first Spanish professor at RU who helped me identify my passion for the Spanish language and my desire to share it with others—inside and outside the classroom.
What was your most inspiring experience in college and how did it lead you to JVC?
I spent 10 weeks at a Jesuit secondary school in Gulu, Uganda before my senior year at Rockhurst. During this time I learned the meaning of accompaniment and of my desire to live a life of service in whatever community I am a part of.