BECA has been of great help to me. I’ve been able to develop my knowledge, and now I’m learning how to share all that I know with others. I have many wonderful memories of when I was a student at Santa Monica. As a student, I always thought about how, when I grew up, I wanted to graduate from college and have my own bakery. And I’m already working to fulfill these dreams! I’ve been with BECA for 8 months now, and I am grateful for the opportunities that BECA provides. I always said I wanted to be part of this family to compensate for how much they helped me. Now, they’re helping me as I study and build my baking business. 

I feel very happy teaching in Santa Monica because I remember all the beautiful moments I spent in Santa Monica and how each teacher marked my life. What I like most about being a teacher is undoubtedly the love I receive from my students.  It makes me very happy to see that they are learning and that I am part of their life. But, the biggest challenge is being a Prepa teacher. They are very young children and I always have to be aware of trying to control their behavior, but it is a challenge that I definitely want to take on!  As I think about my teachers, I want to say thanks for the patience they had with me. Because of that, now I am fulfilling my dreams and I am giving that same patience back to my Prepa students.

This summer in training, I learned how to be in control of my class and to find alternative ways to be able to teach my class. I learned that all children are different therefore we have to look for many activities to teach a subject so that all students understand it. A goal I have for this year is to put into practice all the knowledge I have acquired from training to make my classes much more dynamic. As I remember the patience and love my teachers showed me, I know I can do it!

Aslin Luna
Teacher at SMBS

Aslin is from Honduras.  She has always had a lot of gratitude for BECA.  She personally was able to receive a high-quality bilingual education as a Santa Monica Bilingual School graduate.  It is an honor for her to be a part of the BECA team, but now as a teacher.  She is in awe of seeing what the power of scholarship does.