I am a natural thrill seeker and consider tuturing as a new adventure to guide students through the challenges of climbing mountains of discovery. Most of the fun is in learning how to use the tools and special techniques that are now available to climb those intimidating mountains of education. Enjoying the process, taking the time to celebrate and measuring progress can all help a student appreciate the art of learning. The key is to inspire a “Love for Learning” and to develop a skillset that can equip a student to learn anything and everything they desire for the rest of their life.
“You must lead with PASSION and finish with IMPACT.” “You have nothing to lose and so much to learn.” These are just a few of the mantras that my father chanted to inspire me to excel in academics and athletics so that I could be the first in my family to attend college. My college dreams were diligently acquired by striving for straight A’s from elementary through high school, being selected as an All-American football player, and ranking nationally in the top 5% in SAT scores. I was thrilled to be accepted into the University of Notre Dame and to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. The idea of attending college was a foreign concept beyond my reach, but so was my first intimidating day of kindergarten when I only spoke Spanish.
Perhaps I started school with a total disadvantage but I believe that my language barrier forced me to discover unique methods of learning. I quickly learned how to communicate but even more valuable was my own discovery of strategic learning. When the student is ready the teacher appears. When a student is equipped and trained to apply learning methods then the subject matter becomes just another mountain to climb. My style is unique, encouraging, knowledgable, strategic, enthusiastic and patient.
As for my career highlights, I began my journey as a test and research engineer for the development of the ATLAS, Star Wars, Space Station, and SDI programs for Rockwell and General Dynamics. I started several business ventures and consulted in the areas of sales, marketing, operations, manufacturing, and strategic growth. I also ventured into fundraising and business development for Make-A-Wish, Prisoners of Hope, and the Milagro Foundation. In my lifetime quest for impact, I have searched for significance in mentoring leaders in the areas of executive leadership, strategic planning, mind mapping, writing, test preparation, entrepreneurship, community relations, public speaking, and construction management.