Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Veronica Pacheco

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, we wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on some of our JTD employees–sharing a little about them and what this month means to them!
Veronica Pacheco, one of our Grade 4 Teacher teacher graciously answered five questions about her career, life, and heritage. Here's a little more about Veronica in her own words: 

What is your Hispanic background? 
My grandparents are originally from Mexico and immigrated to California through the Bracero program which brought millions of Mexicans to the United States on short term work permits. My grandfather was part of that program and worked as an agricultural laborer. My grandfather is a very charismatic man and made many contacts through the program and eventually gained his citizenship and moved his family out of the Central Valley.

How has your background shaped you or had an influence on you personally or professionally? 
I feel so blessed to have had the opportunities granted to me through the hard work, dedication and grit of my grandparents. My grandfather worked hard to move his family to a safe and eclectic neighborhood where I would eventually spend my childhood.

What do you most enjoy about your job?
I’ve always known I wanted to work with children in some capacity. While working towards my undergraduate degree in psychology, I worked part-time as a behavioral therapist. Through this position, I was able to go into classrooms and observe teachers. Seeing the teachers and the impact they made on a daily basis, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do. My greatest joy being a teacher is the children. There is not a single day that goes by when I am not completely in awe of their openness and thirst for knowledge.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I am an avid reader and enjoy getting lost in books. My husband and I are foodies and love to find new cities and restaurants to explore. I also love spending time with my extended family. We are a loud, crazy yet tight knit bunch.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I was the only girl on my all-star soccer team when I was younger and I ran in a marathon after graduate school.

Thank you Ms. Pacheco for sharing a little about yourself! Look for more Hispanic Heritage Month Employee Spotlights in the weeks ahead! 

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