My name is Stephanie Melo and I was born in Brooklyn NY. At the age of 10, my parents decided to move to the Dominican Republic, where I stayed until I finished high school. I was raised in a small town in the south of the country. Where I had the opportunity to study in a private school, since public education was a bit challenging.
Before, I used to reproach my parents for taking me there. but today I thank them because I don’t change the woman I am today for anything. Despite being self-conscious about my accent when I speak English. I feel very proud to be Dominican.
Every day I try to instill in my daughters the importance of being bilingual and loving their descent. As a future teacher I will work so that no student feels less appreciated because of where they are from.