Friday, August 19, 2016
Rita Rose Renedo Stormm, Big Pine Key, and Key West
“I was born and raised in Key West. I am what they call a true Conch! I've attended middle and high school here in Key West and throughout that time, I thought I was going to be a professional soccer player; but that didn’t really work out to well because I injured my knee. From that time on I changed gears and really focused even harder on school. I graduated from high school with my AA degree from Florida Keys Community College. I had to make a choice whether leave right away for college or stay and work. I decided to stay, work, and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I had a gift and a passion for teaching and in the meantime, I was presented with the opportunity to do an internship at the Big Pine Academy as a paraprofessional.
Teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there that isn't given enough credit. I once read a statistic about what the three most stressful jobs are and the third one was being a school teacher. Being able to inspire and be a light to others through teaching and education is one of the most rewarding feelings you can imagine. The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. Just like being a nurse or firefighter or a police officer matters; teachers help shape and inspire what you want to do in life. That's pretty big if you ask me. I can't thank my past, present, and future teachers enough for helping me learn and grow throughout my life. And now I get to give the same opportunity to others.
Waiting for a year and a half before going back to college for my Bachelors was one of the best decisions I could have made. It gave me time to grow and experience life more; as well as give me more time to enjoy living on this beautiful island called paradise.
I leave at the end of August to Gainesville, FL to attend my dream university, University of Florida (GO GATORS!); I am going for my Bachelors in Education with a minor in Business, and I am so excited!!
I love the Keys, it’s my home! But I know there is so much more out there to explore. So after I finish my degree I want to travel as much as I can. I can't wait to get out there in the world and see what challenges lie ahead for me. I would like to go out of the country to teach too.
I don’t know if I’ll come back to the Keys to live, but the keys are where I started my life and it's where I've experience life's hardships as well as miracles.”
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