Monica attended Chicago State University and Harold Washington College. She is of first generation to pursue higher education and first generation to graduate from college in her family. Monica was also a Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society Scholar. She graduated as a Presidential Scholar and received high honors. She has been in the education field for almost seven years. Prior to this Monica attended high school at a military high school in Chicago. Monica also enjoys listening to music, writing songs, poems and playing guitar. She loves to help others and motivate others to pursue there dreams. She considers herself a happy, peaceful and hardworking person. Her motto has always been "Si Se Puede! Porque en la vida no tenemos limites. Porque los limites los ponemos nosotros mismos." Basically means "Yes we can! Because in life there are no limits unless we limit ourselves."
What is your favorite place in the world and why?
My favorite place in the world is Mexico. I love Mexico because it is a loving, caring, cultural and musical country. I enjoy living in an open country-like atmosphere and enjoying nature.
Who do you admire most and why?
There are four important people in my life that I admire the most. Those four people are my parents and two close friends that are like my brothers in my life and are both in the music industry. I admire my parents because they have showed me how to be a person of strong moral beliefs and values. My parents have instilled in me life skills that have showed me to be compassionate, humble and respectful. I also admire two of my best friends named Geovanni Mondragon and Jorge Alberto who are both musicians in a Mexican Regional band called Banda El Recodo. I admire them because they have showed me how music is a great way to express yourself, be creative and inspire others through art. More importantly, I admire my parents and my two friends because they have showed me to never give up in life.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about music and motivating others to follow there dreams.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was my JROTC Instructor while in military high school. His name is Sergeant First Class Villarreal. He was my favorite teacher because he really challenged me on a daily basis to follow my dreams, not give up and to be unafraid of the challenges that life may lay upon my journey or next chapter in life.
My favorite thing about working at Namaste Charter School is...
I love the family like atmosphere.