In high school, I was enrolled in the On the Road English VOICES Club, a creative writing program that helps students improve their English. We wrote different quotes and all about our lives. I learned English in a very short period of time, which many people praised me for. I felt like I really accomplished something.
This program [On the Road] helped build my confidence! I used to be really shy because of my English. I have some ESL students in my class who I can definitely relate to because I understand when they struggle with words. I always try to tell them that it’s okay if they mispronounce words, and it’s only going to improve the more they work on it.
“I have a really close relationship with my students. I think they see me as a role model. Recently, they gave me a paper and it had, “Miss Aya” written on it and they wrote all of these words around my name like, “beautiful, wonderful, likes to help others, kind, nice…” It was so touching; they just did it on their own! I looked at and said, “Oh my gosh, that’s so wonderful; I love you guys!”