Cindy Le, Content Marketing Intern
Uptown, Chicago is home to a population of Asian American immigrants, and many of their children go to Goudy Elementary. In fact, Uptown was Ruiz’s first home as well -- the place where she lived and learned what it means to be an Asian-American student when she first came to the United States in 1991 at 7-years-old. Ruiz was gracious enough to give some insight on how being a first generation Asian-American nurtured her future career as a community educator.
If you are interested in becoming a teacher or advancing as an Asian American in the workplace and finding your calling, here is what Ruiz had to say about her path as a teacher.
Being an educator is a really important job. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
[Being a teacher] was something I wanted to be since I was 5-years-old. I like being in a classroom, I like learning new things, I like helping other people learn new things. [This] made sense to me. I want to be there so that I can have that connection with the kids that I do teach....