Teachers played a very influential part of my life during elementary school. Whether it was my uncle, who was a teacher and taught me many of life’s lessons when I was away from school after my parents’ divorced or it was the teachers who led my classroom, they were significant figures in my life. Two that really stand out are my fourth-grade teachers Ms. Alfonso and Mr. Patrillo. As st [...]

Teachers played a very influential part of my life during elementary school. Whether it was my uncle, who was a teacher and taught me many of life’s lessons when I was away from school after my parents’ divorced or it was the teachers who led my classroom, they were significant figures in my life. Two that really stand out are my fourth-grade teachers Ms. Alfonso and Mr. Patrillo. As st [...]

If you’ve ever watched the Tampa Bay Lightning play, you know what it feels like the moment the players rush onto the ice for the first time. The Tesla coil buzzes overhead, and tens of thousands of fans roar with excitement. It makes me feel alive to be part of that experience—to be connected to other people toward a common goal of cheering our team on to victory [...]

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