Gloria Jimenez

Manager, Work-Based Learning

As a first-generation college graduate, I experienced first-hand what it feels like to struggle every step of the way towards your dreams. I was unsure of what to study at the University of Southern California and found that public policy fed my desire to learn and be part of social change. Throughout college, I worked at my former school as a tutor and later as a Site Coordinator. What transpired in the following years was working together with communities addressing a variety of important social problems. After getting a master’s degree in International Affairs, my work took me around the world from Nicaragua to Uganda, but eventually, I grew weary of being so inaccessible to my family and decided to return to the U.S. My life has had a common thread and it is the gift I inherited from my father: deference and passion for education. Not surprisingly, I found myself teaching Computer Science and serving as a NAF Lead Teacher at Miami Southridge. This is how my NAF story begins.