Educator and Altus Grandmother

B.A. Northeastern Illinois University

Alicia has worked in education for over 25 years. Before joining Altus Academy, Alicia began her career in education as a daycare provider at Latino Youth Alternative High School and at El Hogar del Nino. She served as a Preschool Teacher’s Aid at Hedges Main Elementary School while studying to earn her degree, and continued as a K-3 teacher and SES program Instructor at Hedges. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with honors and received her teaching certificate with endorsement in Bilingual Education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Alicia has always enjoyed integrating the visual arts and music in teaching and mentoring that is inclusive of the cultural traditions of the families that she serves.  One example includes staging the long-standing yearly Mexican Folkloric dance festival at Hedges, which included directing the dance choreography and designing the traditional Aztec and Mexican dresses. Now in retirement, Alicia offers her extensive experience working with young children and their families to Altus Academy. At Altus, she leads before-school activities, lunch services, and mentoring programs.  More importantly, her work involves imparting the wisdom that she gained from the hundreds of students she taught in the past to form positive relationships, to love to learn, to persevere through struggles, and to live up to our abilities.