English For All
Organized by: Jomar Quintana
Everyone needs a chance to excel in life. Mine came one day while wearing my college sweatshirt at my local barbershop in the Bronx, New York. People from around my way never typically make it out of the neighborhood, this is why my sweatshirt caught my future mentors eye. He began by asking me if I attended the college which my sweatshirt was associated with. Then he asked me what I was studying and what I wanted to become. My first answer was yes I do attend SUNY Albany. My second answer was I was double majoring in English and Journalism. My third answer wasn't really an answer as I was uncertain of what I wanted to be at that point. Nonetheless he gave me his email address and asked me to send him my resume; this even before I could ask what profession he was in. He told me a few words I would never forget. He said " Hey Scholar, we're from the same neighborhood and not to many people make it out of here. Me, myself I like to abide by the rule of paying it forward. I needed a chance to get where I'm at and I want to offer a chance to you. My name is Mr.Sellers and I am a Dean of Students at a middle school in Manhattan. I expect that resume in my E-mail by the morning." I took this as a sign. A stranger offering me the upmost help and opportunity. I sent the E-mail. The rest was history Mr.Sellers helped me receive my Substitute Teaching License from the NYC Department of Education. He then introduced me to the Principal of the school in which he worked and she offered me a position as a Long Term Substitute Teacher. During my tenure at this school I was assigned to teach a 2nd grade dual language class. In the dual language program students are taught in two languages, often their native language and the language which they are trying to become accustomed to. In this case most students native language was Spanish and they were trying to learn English. I spent many of my days trying to figure out lessons that will help my students adjust to English and American customs as fluently as I had to when I was a child. Thanks to the opportunity I found my calling. I wanted to spread the gift of education and the English language to those who didn't have it readily available (or whose first language isn't English). After working two years in this school I was hit with the terrible news that my Aunt had passed away in Puerto Rico. My aunt helped raise my brother and I during tough times for my mother. She paid it forward in making me the man I was becoming. This was a devastating blow for me as I had to mourn my aunt as well as be the financial backbone for my family. After having to leave New York ( as well as work) for a long stay as well as taking care of the finances and funeral charges I was left in a world of debt. When I finally came back to the states I was out of a job because the school year was too far along and I was only a substitute teacher. I began looking online and found out about Disney English in China. It caught my eye because not only did it have to do with furthering the education of the English language to foreign learners but because my aunt always used to take us to Disney World Florida as children. I applied for the job and was accepted. I am currently sitting on an offer to become a foreign trainer in Shanghai, China as of September 2016. They cover most expenses but I would need to have 3000-5000 dollars of start up money. I have yet to recover from that debt from my aunts passing and that is why I am asking for your help in helping me pay it forward. I would hate to let a life time opportunity like this pass. For anyone reading this please pay it forward in helping me get to China and fulfill this dream. I won't let you down and I'll I will always promise to pay it forward myself, and become the best foreign trainer I could be. Thank you for your time. Peace and Love.