We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorena Figueroa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorena, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from El Paso, Texas. I am the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the United States from Juarez, Mexico, to give their children a better life. I did not have much growing up, but I had all the love and support I needed. My parents had minimal schooling, so at a very young age, they instilled in me the importance of graduating and furthering my education. I must admit school was challenging for me as a child because of the language barrier, and I knew I had to work harder than my classmates to accomplish my learning goals. Luckily I had older siblings who were able to help me with homework and answer my questions. Growing up, I was always mindful of the sacrifices my parents made, and to this day, I do not take anything for granted. I was determined to graduate high school like my siblings and be the first in my family to go to college. With a lot of hard work and determination, I did not only get a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, but I also went to grad school and received a Master’s in Bilingual/Multicultural Education. I genuinely believe that my upbringing, my life experiences, and the unconditional love and support of my parents molded me into the person I am today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a teacher, I am a life long learner and that excites me. Hard work and dedication got me where I am today. When I think about my career the first thing that comes to mind is LOVE. I am truly passionate about being a teacher and I wholeheartedly love my job and my students. I also love sharing my ideas with as many teachers and parents via my Instagram account. My biggest struggle is wanting to do it ALL. I’ve learned to slow down and let my husband help.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We’d visit some of Arizona’s natural wonders like Sedona, Grand Canyon, and Havasu Falls. We’ll do some wine tasting in Sedona at Sedona Wine Adventures. When we’re back in Phoenix we’d eat in Postinos, and enjoy the nightlife in Old Town Scottsdale.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have supported me along the way with my career choices, goals, and life’s ambitions. First on the list are my family because little do they know each and every one of them has in some way helped me become the person I am today. Second, my husband Juan, he is responsible for the quality of human being I have evolved into. He was actually the one who gave me the crazy idea to start a teacher blog and bought a domain name for my site before I could say no. He is truly my number one fan; he has believed in me since day one, and he gave me the confidence to believe in myself. Anything I want to try, I know that I have his support no matter what. He is not only a great motivator, but he also helps me in any way he can with the business and my teaching career, especially when it comes to technology. I would never have taken leaps of faith without him. He believes and inspires me to chase my dreams every day. He is the wind beneath my wings. Third, my friend Maribel who pushed me to create my Instagram account. She thought I had great teaching ideas, and I should share them with the world. We teach next door to each other; she’s not only a fantastic teacher who I admire dearly; she’s also huge in the IG world. She was there for me every step of the way and continues to do so to this day.
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