As Hispanic Heritage Month ends, Chalkboard presents a personal insight into the aspirations of Cinthya Murguia, a Latina teaching student in Oregon.
My name is Cinthya Murguia, and my goal is to become an elementary school teacher here in Oregon.
I will finish my associate’s degree at Chemeketa Community College this spring term, and plan to transfer to a university to complete my teaching degree. Right now, I am taking the Foundations of Education class at Chemeketa, along with my general education courses.
And I love the new education teacher here at Chemeketa! Sara Csaky is very approachable, and the fact that she is Latina, like me, because she shows me what my career will look like. Growing up, I never had a teacher who was Hispanic and I never felt connected to any of my teachers, except one. Knowing she is Hispanic makes me feel like I can connect and have more in common with her.
I strongly feel we need to have more diversity in the education system. Here in Oregon, we need more teachers who are not only bilingual, but also bicultural so they can relate to the students and with their parents. When I am a teacher, I will be able to communicate with all the kids and parents at whatever school I teach in, because I speak both English and Spanish. I really want to be the teacher who shows other Latino students the path to education and to college.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and now I am on my way!
At times I look back at how my schooling all started. Starting kindergarten, I was lost the first day. Being raised by immigrants who only spoke Spanish was difficult at times. For the first five years of my life I only understood one language, and at school I was always confused. I didn’t have older siblings or cousins who could have helped me with homework. I was on my own, and I still am.
Now, as the oldest of my siblings, I am the first to graduate high school and go to college. I am their role model and I am proud to be. They are my motivation and I want to show them that if I can do it, they can do it too. Considering I had no help with homework, at least they will have me. They are my motivation to keep going and be a better person in life.
My family is proud that I am in college, and I am proud of myself.
Read more about Chemeketa Community College’s bilingual educator program and Sara Csaky in the September issue of ChalkTalk.
- Teacher Preparation
- Equity and Diversity