Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

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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