Hi, my name is Arturo Ramirez and I am Barrett’s new Family Engagement Coordinator. While I may be new to the position, I am not new to our school nor to the Arlington Forest Community. 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 both my colleagues and students could always count 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. I cannot thank them enough for instilling those values in me early on in my life. They are values that I still hold close to my heart and that have enabled me to make better sense of the cultural identity and disparity issues that many members within our community face.
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.