Abril Garcia, CA Multiple-Subjects Credential / Lead Elementary Tutor

Why I Became an Elementary School Tutor

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants, I witnessed firsthand the struggles and sacrifices my parents made to provide a better life for our family. They instilled in me the importance of education as a means to overcome adversity and achieve success. This profound appreciation for education, coupled with a desire to give back to my community, led me to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.

My parents’ journey to America was marked by resilience and determination. They faced numerous challenges, including language barriers, financial hardships, and cultural adjustments. Despite these obstacles, they remained steadfast in their belief that education was the key to unlocking opportunities for their children. Their unwavering support and encouragement inspired me to excel academically. I realized that education had the power to transform lives, and I wanted to be a part of that transformative process for future generations.

During my own schooling, I encountered several teachers who made a lasting impact on me. These educators went beyond the curriculum, taking the time to understand their students’ backgrounds and unique needs. They fostered a sense of belonging and encouraged me to embrace my cultural heritage. Their dedication and compassion resonated with me and planted the seed for my desire to become a teacher. I aspired to emulate their example and create a nurturing and inclusive environment for my students.

Another driving force behind my decision to become an elementary school teacher was the desire to address the educational disparities within my community. Many children from immigrant families face similar challenges to those I experienced, such as limited access to resources and language barriers. By becoming a teacher, I aimed to bridge these gaps and provide equitable educational opportunities for all students. I wanted to be a role model and advocate for those who, like myself, might have been marginalized or underestimated.

Ultimately, my journey to becoming an elementary school teacher is rooted in my personal experiences and the values instilled in me by my parents. Their perseverance and belief in the power of education shaped my path and fueled my passion for teaching. As an educator, I strive to honor their legacy by empowering my students to overcome their own obstacles and achieve their dreams. Through teaching, I hope to make a lasting difference in the lives of my students, just as my parents and my teachers did for me.

A photo of co-founder Abril Garcia