Lorena del Castillo

I believe it is really important to always be present and actively listen to what children have to say; in this way, we can see what they are thinking, feeling, and imagining. At the same time, I love working with children because everyday is completely different and there is always discovery and learning happening. There are so many things children continue to teach me everyday, which has helped me to better understand them and improve my practice. I believe that a good teacher is always trying to grow and expand their knowledge, since learning is something that happens constantly.

Before deciding I wanted to become a teacher, I wanted to become a paramedic or a translator. I had always been inclined to professions that help others in some way. I decided to pursue becoming a paramedic after finishing my first two-years of ECE training, however, I fell in love with working with children and decided to finish my degree in Early Childhood Education instead. I remember being fascinated with learning Mandarin and holding conversations with my fellow Chinese English-Learning classmates when I was learning English in high school. Since then, I wanted to become a translator. However, being a teacher called my attention more. My ultimate goals are to be fluent in 4 languages by the time I’m 30 years old and be fluent in Mandarin by the time I’m 40.

Some of the best advice I have received that I try to apply as much as possible in my life is to always be grateful and focus on the good things life provides. I used to worry a lot and find the negative side of everything, so much that I didn’t even realize it had become a personality trait. When I was living in Peru as a volunteer, I would see a lot of need around me and I used to worry too much about the people I was serving and the circumstances we were living in. My volunteer president told me that I would enjoy my time in the country and as a volunteer more if I chose to focus on the bright side of things and be grateful for the good things that were happening instead of what was not happening. As I cultivated an attitude of gratefulness, I found myself experiencing more joy which enabled me to help people more efficiently and holistically. I have come to realize that life is quite enjoyable when we live in simple ways, by being grateful and helping others.

If I had a superpower, it would definitely be teletransportation. Being able to teletransport anywhere would help me be anywhere in just seconds and I would not have to pack as much or spend as much on flights! I would be able to visit my family and friends around the globe anytime and for both short and long periods of time. Not only that, but I would also be able to quickly transport equipment, medicines, food or other essential necessities to remote locations and to those that don’t have easy access to these things.

I enjoy anything creative and artistic, especially painting, crafting, and dancing. I’m currently part of a Peruvian Folk Dance group and having been born in Mexico, I did a lot of traditional Mexican Folk dancing as a child as well. I also love dancing salsa! Last year, my sister and I travelled to Europe for a month and then visited South America and Mexico for two months, to visit relatives and friends. I’ve always liked traveling to other countries and places, but this was a trip that definitely took a lot of planning and coordinating. We were fortunate to be able to do this since travelling is now super limited due to the pandemic. We are very grateful to have had this experience! Lastly, I also love soccer: the World Cup is like a second Christmas to me. I like collecting soccer jerseys from every country I visit and I enjoy hiking and being around nature as much as possible.