Xiomara Raquel Sanchez Mara
My name is Xiomara Raquel Sanchez Mara and I was born in Jalisco, but raised in Nayarit, Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 10 years old with my family of six to South Los Angeles where I began my education in the United States. In fact, one of my proudest accomplishments is to have graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2018, with a major in Biology and minor in Spanish. I always enjoyed learning therefore, I did not find learning a new language and being a student difficult. However, it was difficult for me to transition from being an undocustudent to an undocuprofessional because I did not know how to navigate the job market. Despite such difficulty I always knew my purpose was to help others and improve my community. There was a moment where I thought I was going to accomplish this through medicine however, it was not until I started working as a Teacher Assistant at the Communication and Technology High School (CATS) that I truly found my passion for education. Currently, I work as a community representative for LAUSD at CATS in South Los Angeles where I have been fortunate to work with numerous students who have recently migrated to the United States. Every day at work I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to work for my community when students and parents ask me for advice on how to navigate the education system in the United States or when I provide them with resources to facilitate their process of adaptation in a new country. For that reason, I like to see my immigration journey as that of a personal discovery where I have not only found my purpose but also learned the value of family, persistence and commitment.