Daniela's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Philadelphia, PA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

DANIELA ROMERO

ESL Coordinator
Nationalities Services Center

“What I think is reasonable or obvious is not that reasonable or obvious.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Community Culture Dedication Experience Fulfillment Instincts Perseverance Self-Reflection Struggle Transitions Values

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

argentine tango, Chile, dance, disappointment, diversity, fate, how people interact, Instinct, listening, making friends, making money, network, networking, predestined roads, speaking English, sympathy, taking up an activity, teaching, travel, vacation

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Got a Bachelor’s degree in English linguistics while still living in Chile.
  • Seemed like her only option was teaching English; in Chile, teaching English was a luxury, not accessible to all students.
  • Didn’t want to teach under those circumstances; knew she wanted to travel, moved to U.S.
  • Quickly realized her English studies hadn’t made her fluent, lived in fear that people would talk to her, rarely left her apartment.
  • Overstayed her visa, took odd jobs under the table, kept her bags packed at all times in case anyone found out.
  • Found an ESL teaching opportunity; teaches grateful, hard-working students, rather than spoiled corporate executives she’d have taught in Chile.
  • Says for as much as she puts into her job, what she gets out of it is so much more.
  • Thinks that her personal experiences with struggling to learn English definitely makes her more empathetic, more approachable to students.

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