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I always associate curiosity with discovery and learning. And, when students are trying to position my heritage on the globe, struggling to guess between my accent and my unusual long last name, it brings only a smile to my face. So, let me briefly unfold my saga. I was born and raised behind the Iron Curtain in communist Romania, and I was one of the vivid participants during the December Revolution in 1989 that overcame the communist regime and changed the political and economical thread of Eastern Europe. I recall so vividly the moment I arrived in the US, at JKF airport in New York, a green cardholder at the age of 28, barely knowing any English. While I was waiting for the immigration officer to process my papers, I could not refrain from crying and when the officer asked if I missed home already, I told him that I was crying because I was so emotionally touched by the passages from the Declaration of Independence posted on the wall. Then, I continued by apologizing for staring at him explaining that it was the first time in my life I had seen an African American. Apparently, my statement made everybody in that office laugh. I “emerged” from JFK airport into the totally unknown with six piece of luggage, $700 in my pocket, my dog Amigo, and my oldest daughter Sara-Malina who was 6 at the time. For several years I struggled doing various jobs, working night shifts and going straight to school in the morning while trying not to fall asleep in the subway so I wouldn’t miss my exit. The only thought on my mind was to complete my education. Many students who attend St. Vrain are facing same of their own unique challenges, and I love to guide them in their journey in finding their passion and giving to that passion a sense of purpose.
I am always eager to travel and to experience living in other cultures--there is this miraculous connection that we discover in our deeper self when we build human connection and realize that we are not so different from each other, regardless of socio-cultural and economic backgrounds. One of the most fascinated and coexisting contrast places I have visited is India where I lived for three months traveling between Rajasthan, Lahore and Pune. This experience explains my addiction to Indian food and wearing the beautiful sari as you can see in the picture.
Passion, enthusiasm, empathy, curriculum knowledge, and experience are key ingredients in the teaching profession, and my goals are to prepare my students to think critically, communicate effectively and develop skills that matter to their future. That is why in every class I teach (AP Economics, World History, Economics, US History), I want to make the knowledge relevant to you, my students, so you can understand it from your unique perspective, taking that information and transforming and using it to fit into your world and make it a better one.
I never thought that teaching with technology would develop such an intricate network and facilitate connection between teachers and students all over the globe! Your generation, the digital natives, have had a great input in transforming education and teaching learning virtually is, I believe, the trend for the education of the future not only because of its versatility considering space and time, but because of the infinite possibilities of reaching multiple learning styles.