I LOVE the outdoors, and nature. Being around water is like nourishment to my soul. The ocean is my favorite body of water. I hang out on lakes, whenever I can in the summer, with a boat I share with my daughter. I like to swim, fish, hike, bike, read, and watch movies. I have been working with EL students since my first sub assignment in an EL classroom in 2009. I knew at that moment I wanted to work with the population of students that had another language, besides English, as their first language. I work as an EL Teacher now in high school. I continue to practice my philosophy that was developed in my undergrad Culture and Education class-The Whole Person. I relate to students as “whole people”, not just another number or statistic in my room.