“Coming to you live from under the sea, it’s Ms. Nico!” Shouts the announcer floating on a blue raft. Just then, Ms. Nico leaps out of the water like a dolphin and waves to the crowd mid-air! Landing gracefully in the water, it is time for her to address the HTMNC Community. To calm the butterflies in her stomach, she tunes in to the feeling of the cool water on her skin, the sound of sea birds, and the glimpse of shimmering fish darting quickly past her.
“Greetings HTMNC Family!” She begins. “Thank you all for tuning into my virtual reality where I am part dolphin and part human. I have been swimming since I was 7 years old and when I got older, I joined a competitive club team. I joined the first ever High Tech High Swim Team with the one and only Chris Olivas as the HTH Swim Coach!” The crowd cheers at the mention of Mr. Olivas. “Yes, I did attend High Tech Middle Media Arts and High Tech High International as a young human. I then went on to double major in English and Spanish at Whittier College, while taking Education course work. I continued my education and got my Masters of Arts in Education graduating in 2017.”
Ms. Nico hears someone scream “Go Poets!” from the crowd… was that her mom? Hi mom! She thinks.
She smiles and continues, “In Whittier, I worked as a Resource Specialist at Dexter Middle School for two years. I loved my students so much, but I was ready to try something different. I decided to apply for a job as an Education Specialist for High Tech High. I got the job! In the three years of working as an Education Specialist at HTMNC, I learned so much from working alongside this amazing staff and, of course, with the most loveable students!”
A group of what looks like students yells ‘HTMNC STUDENTS ARE THE BEST!’
Ms. Nico smiles and gives two thumbs up in response; she clearly agrees. She then says, “Ready to try something new once again, I will be teaching 8th grade Humanities this 2022-2023 school year! I am so excited to dive into a multitude of meaningful experiences together where we will get to know ourselves and each other better than we did before. This summer, I’ve taken time to get to know myself better, and have gathered these mottos as a guide for my life: 1) Treat yourself the same way you’d treat the most special person in your life. 2) Boredom is your imagination calling! 3) Expecting the worst doesn’t prepare you for the worst, so you might as well expect the best!
I’ll conclude by saying that I firmly believe that we need each other to achieve all that we want to achieve: asking for help when you need it means that you are showing yourself love and helping others means you are showing love to your community. And the cycle continues! Thank you for coming out to the ocean with me and I look forward to connecting with you more!”