“My parents were farmers. They grew up in rural areas of 15-20 people, and they looked after each other. I think some of that kind of transpired here where I’ve grown up with my friends. We look out for each other, we take care of each other. I think of a happy family as synonymous with being with good friends with people.
As a child I really depended on my friends, because growing up, family life wasn’t always the greatest. I looked forward to school a lot, and that’s why I ended up becoming a teacher, because school was a place for me.
At home, my parents taught me traditional values and morals. Respect and treating people nicely is at the top of who I am. When I’m teaching, I am inherently putting those values on the table.
We get students from different places around the world, and so seeing that diversity right in front of them as a teacher, I think it’s kind of inspiring what they can achieve in the future. From my role and my heritage, I hope that they can learn some things that I picked up in the process of me teaching math and science, like how to talk to each other, how to respect one another, how to work hard, how to study.
A lot of my previous students have continued to send me a message once in a while to ask me how I’m doing. It’s super cute, super lovely. I think the role that I’m in, who I am, and how I’ve taught them has really struck a nice chord with them.
All photos provided by Kevin.