Hi, my name is Arturo Ramirez, and I am Barrett’s Family Engagement Coordinator. Prior to ascending to this position much of my job revolved around assisting teachers and students inside and outside the classroom as a special educational assistant for 9 years. It was here while holding this position that I learned the importance of being a bilingual, compassionate, charismatic, devoted, personable and thoughtful. Ultimately each of these characteristic only served to mold me into to the type of person that my community could grow to rely on.
As a product of a bilingual household my parents taught me the importance of being able to recognize, preserve and share my cultural differences with others. To this day, I cannot thank my parents enough for instilling those values early on during my adolescence. It is these values that I still hold close to my heart and that have allowed me to make better sense of the cultural identity and disparity issues that many members of my community with similar backgrounds face daily.
Here are four interesting facts about me:
- I was born in Mexico City but have been living in the state of Virginia since I was 6 years old.
- All of my schooling has been done in the state of Virginia: JEB Stuart High School (Fairfax County) and The University of Virginia.
- I am passionate about art and love to create art for myself and for those that I care about.
- I listen to music very religiously. Music serves to sooth me.