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My Personal Story

I always think that my life is not all that interesting and that probably nobody wants to hear about it but I guess this is the perfect opportunity to think about the parts of my life that made me who and what I am today.
I was born and raised in Mexico city, I attended an all girl catholic school and after graduating from high school and a year in Munich, Germany I moved the United States to pursue a college degree. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. College was a very difficult time for me, after all I was studying engineering because ever since I can remember my dad told me I was going to be one. It was hard to study something that I had absolutely no interest or talent in. My professors and my fellow students sometimes looked down on me for not being as smart as the rest of them. In my second year of college my father suffered a stroke that paralyzed him from his right side, he could not do anything on his own, my family had no money left after paying the hospital bills to the get him the best doctors so that he could recover and my mother wanted me to quit school because we couldn’t afford it anymore. The stroke happened in the summer so I was visiting which I think was a blessing cause I could give my dad therapy and help him recover by the end of the summer he could walk and talk almost normally. I talked to my mom and I told her I was not quitting school i was to go back to the states and pay for school and all my expenses for myself. I had to work three jobs and go to school full time. When I graduated I was delighted to give my dad the piece of paper that finally I was what he wanted me to be, but I was still miserable I wanted to be happy and have a job that I enjoyed. I applied to teach at a kindergarten across from my house and i had never been happier I found my purpose, I could change the world one child at a time. And now I live in china and I teach here and I love it !
My sister told me to join this community and i did but after reading some of the posts on PulseWire I was a little discourage because i thought i did not fit in, but I have been thinking about why I joined and really how I can relate to this community, after all I don’t have a perfect plan or a solution to stop child trafficking or end world hunger, and I came to the conclusion that I am trying to change the world, after all I am a teacher.


bhavna's picture

Hi Dear

It is good you got the purpose of your life. So well put " I could change the world one child at a time"
Each one of us have an interesting life, never think as so.
Herald this opportunity and share the hidden spark in you
Best wishes :)

Mukut's picture

You fit in perfectly!

You fit in perfectly and your voice matters. I loved reading your post. Straight from the heart.

Its always wonderful to be happy in what we do.We need more teachers like you.


Mukut Ray

-querida Ale
Lo mismo me pasó a mi, pensé nadie me ha violado, he sido una persona feliz. No he sentido hambre, ni terror. No obstante, tengo sueños, tengo miedos y quiero dejar un mejor legado del que recibí. Finalmente, leer tanta tragedia me ayuda a armarme de fuerzas y energía.
Todas cabemos y todas tenemos grandes historias que contar ;)
un abrazo fuerte desde México

Klaudia González

Estimada Ale,

I loved your post. I can relate to your story in so many different levels from where you started out with your career to where you are today as an educator. I too have found a wonderful joy in teaching as I also teach young children, and finally I am happy to have found my purpose in life. In my opinion, teaching is powerful because you can help to shape the leaders of the future. It is an extremely rewarding job, but as you know a huge responsibility as well and we are changing the world. I admire your drive, passion and determination not to settle but rather to fight for your dreams and to be happy with what you do every day. There is a place for all of us here as our experiences are unique, which is what sets us apart but also brings us together as we have a common goal—to continue to empower women in pursuit of their vision and dreams not only for themselves but for the communities we are all a part of. I myself also grew up in South America (Venezuela) and came to college in the US, which was such a challenging but rewarding experience. I also had my struggles, but today I am proud of who I am and where I come from and I hope to transmit that to the children I teach everyday as I love to hear their visions for the future in a much more equitable society we are fighting to build.
I would love to stay in touch and wish you the best of luck with your journey.

Con cariño,



Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Thank You

Dear Ale,

Your wonderful vision and purpose, to, "change the world one child at a time," fits in magnificently on World Pulse, and I am cheering you on to continue with that mission. After all, children are our future, the future of our world, and the time to intercept children and teach them how to make the world they'll inherit a better place is now.

Your story is very honest and clearly delivered, and I have great admiration for your persistence, not only when your father had his stroke and you helped nurse him back to health, but for finishing engineering school and paying for it yourself, and still having the courage to follow your dream and not surrender to a life of work you would not have truly believed in. Teaching is an enormously crucial profession, and the children whose paths you cross will be fortunate to learn from your positive influence.

So, thank you. Thank you for your story, for your honesty and for your commitment to making the world a better place.

May The Force Be With You!

- Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

ale_velez's picture


Dear Sarah,

thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment on my post, but most importantly thank you for all your kind words !


ale_velez's picture

Gracias !!

Les agradesco mucho sus comentarios y sigan siendo grandes ejemplos para todas las mujeres del mundo !


wowitsjackie's picture

Keep writing

Hi Ale,

Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciated how honest you were about being intimidated at first to write and share your thoughts on World Pulse. Keep writing!



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