It is great being able to play a bigger role in my community as a reporter. I believe I can do this hospitable city justice. I owe this community my education, work ethic and position as a reporter.
Through the years I have grown to understand the importance of giving back to your roots. I am still growing and have a lot more learning to do — no doubt Rio Rancho will always teach me something new.
I would not have this chance to learn if it weren’t for one very special Rio Rancho teacher who taught at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary; that teacher is Linda Rangel. She was my third-grade teacher and by far the greatest influence in my life.
Growing up, I had difficulties learning how to read. My mother tried everything. I attended summer school, I had extra tutoring and nothing would work.
To get through school, I would listen to other children as they took their reading test and I would memorize what they were reading so I could pass my reading test. This trick of mine got me all the way to third grade, where Mrs. Rangel caught me!
As I was taking my reading test, I forgot to turn the page. She stopped me, pulled out a different book and asked me to read it.