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Anabel is one of EPU’s most beloved staff members! She started her journey with EPU in our Play and Grow program, where she most recently held the title of Lead Teacher. Anabel was just promoted to our Infant Family Program as an Early Childhood Specialist! Her compassionate teaching and fantastic leadership make her a natural fit for EPU’s welcoming environment. Meet Anabel below!
Tell us about your EPU story—how did you get here?
I arrived at EPU two years ago, thanks to one of my best friends who was already working here at the time. From the moment I told her I needed a job she did not hesitate to tell me about this great place. She went one by saying that this place was a family where everyone helped each other and that I would fit right in. Now, two years later, I am so happy I made the decision to join this great family.
Tell us about your family?
My family is fairly small so we are super close. I am an only child but have two Step-brothers whom I adore. My family and I are from Havana, Cuba. We came to the United States when I was 9 years old. This transition was extremely hard on all of us, but it made us even closer. Like the typical immigrant family we worked very hard to accomplish the American Dream and assimilate as much as possible into society. Now almost seventeen years later, my mother completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from California State University Fresno, and I am half way through my master in Marriage Family and Child Counseling. This proves that with hard work and dedication anything is possible, even breaking through so many obstacles.
What’s your favorite part about EPU?
My favorite part about EPU is seeing the evolution in each and every kid. They are all so different and we try to adapt to each and every one of their needs in order to help them grow. It is amazing to see them evolve as the week go by, and see the smiling faces in their families. The best part of the day is when the children don’t want to go home because they are having too much fun with you in the classroom.
What’s your favorite EPU memory?
My favorite memory was this past year at our annual open house. I love setting up the room and showing our Hispanic traditions. This past year I volunteered to dance Folklorico, and I loved it. Ever since I was a child a have danced and seeing everyone have a fun time was amazing. We also did face painting which was every child’s dream.
What’s in the cards for your future?
My near future looks pretty good. I have a year and a half left in my Masters Progra’m and I look forward to graduating and starting my practicum hours. I would love to stay at EPU to complete these hours, but it may not be possible since I need a supervisor. In the mean time, I am looking forward to thrive in my new IFP family and learn much more about the cases I will be receiving and making changes in the lives of my families.
What has EPU taught you?
EPU has made be very humble, each and every family changes your life and makes you appreciated what you have at home. No one family is the same, and as an interventionist I have learned to appreciate their culture and adapt to their special need.