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SPOTLIGHT: Yosmary Consolacion GodkinFeatured

Yosmary Godkin is Venezuelan born in Cardenas municipality, Tariba parish, Tachira state. She studied pedagogy in preschool, she also has a degree in physical activity and health. In search of professional development, she continued her postgraduate studies as a specialist in early childhood education and a master’s degree in behavioral guidance and a master’s degree in physical education. This passionate teacher, single mother of two sons, daughter of Ana Mireya Delgado, is now 45 years old in 2022. Since her childhood she has identified with humanist values such as solidarity. Seeing her mother selflessly help those in need. Throughout her life she has kept a passion for teaching through educational games.

She recounts that some time ago she undertook the adventure of leaving her country for Cancun and reuniting with her eldest son, whom she had not seen for 3 years because of his sports career as a national team athlete. She expressed that her stay in Cancun allowed her to develop and strengthen other potentialities, such as being a children’s swimming instructor, aqua-fitness coach and a childrens re-enactor through adapted physical activity in summer courses.

In december 2017, she traveled with her youngest son to Milwaukee, WI. For whatever reasons she found the need to stay, facing a new life full of uncertainties, obstacles, difficulties mainly due to not knowing the English language and being undocumented. Full of fears, doubts and little hope, she seeks to get ahead like all immigrants who are in this country for different reasons and circumstances.

Over time, she met her husband Phillip Godkin. A cycling coach whom she married in september of 2019. She says that her husband is the one who is always supporting her in her dreams and motivating her to enjoy life doing what she loves. Later, through her husband, she met Dr. David Waters, a well-known doctor at the sixteenth street clinic, who saw in her a great human potential as one who could provide great benefits to the hispanic community through the programs at the clinic. He recommended her to the latina for health group led by Tatiana Maida and Delia Gast at that time, where they gave her the opportunity to receive training to learn about the mission and vision of the program and thus be able to be part of the group of volunteer leaders for health in south milwaukee communities.

Her dedication to the constant search for academic and professional excellence led her to prepare professionally while working in various fields related to education, public and private educational institutions, universities, health centers, companies, and sport clubs. All with the aim of promoting quality education and adapted physical activity, through games, dances and recreational activities that allow human beings to have fun and recreate while learning. She has performed and constantly maintains continuous training in various areas of early childhood education focused on the didactic “ the art of teaching” and the playful “the enjoyment of learning”. All based on the primary interest of the human being the GAME and the influence of MUSIC and MOVEMENT at an early age, youth, adults and older adults. She reiterates that through the different activities she promotes massification and inclusion as a right of all and for all.

Yosmary has been part of the group of leaders for health in hispanic communities for many years, promoting physical activity through the “MOVE-MEANT FOR LIFE” philosophy and style. This is how she continues her dream of promoting physical activity and recreation. Also through the leaders for health program, she provides motivation, leadership and training workshops to the inhabitants so that they empower their community and become future community leaders.

On january 26th, 2022 a normal afternoon and routine work day at Lincoln elementary school it was when she was heading home that she was suddenly struck by a stray bullet through her car window hitting her in the left side of her face and destroying her jaw. She mentions that she received emergency surgery and that she is currently still convalescing from the consequences of this tragic accident but she continues and fights with the hope of improving and healing the severe pain that she lives with.

“Make your life a dream, and a dream a reality”

Yosmary Godkin

If you want to know more about Yosmary and her projects, you can contact her through email!

Email: [email protected]

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SPOTLIGHT: Angelica GonzalezFeatured

My name is Angelica Gonzalez

I am mexican, i came to the united states in 1996 married, i have 4 children and i faced some challenges with my kids for not finding a daycare i could trust and that’s how i became interested in knowing more about early education but unfortunately i didn’t know where i could study or if it was possible to take classes in spanish and until they told me about MATC, a technical college, and from there they referred me to 4c and i started to study. I was working at night and would go to school during the day, so in this way I was able to take the basic classes that are required to obtain a license for child care in the home.

In 2015 I obtained my child care license which motivated me to continue studying. I have been able to finish some credentials such as preschool, infants and toddler. My goal is to be able to finish my degree in early childhood and later to be able to open a center where we can provide services to the families of our community.

“Education is very important in all aspects to be able to achieve our dreams. “

Angelica Gonzalez

I currently work in my daycare in which we have had very good acceptance with the families and they like our way of working with their children. They accept that their children can learn another language that is not their first language, as well as that children live in a harmonious environment with their peers. In our daycare, we import the basics so that the children are prepared for preschool and with little knowledge of vowels, the alphabet, colors, geometric figures, tracing the names of letters and reading. We always use music and games, keeping in mind that everyone learns at different rates. Our priority is simply to leave a positive mark on each child, since each child deserves respect regardless of their nationality or culture. We try to help everyone equally as well as to their families.


SPOTLIGHT: Have you postponed a goal, a project, a dream because you think it’s impossible?

This can help you…

Each one of us was born with a potential to create and accomplish whatever we want. From a very young age we take risks, we learn how to crawl, we try to stand up one and a million times more until we can walk; we did these actions without thinking about it and we wouldn’t stress out thinking that we weren’t going to be able to make it. But as we continue to grow, we keep listening; you’re going to fall, don’t do it, it’s not possible, it’s difficult or just the word no!

Each one of us was born with a potential to create and accomplish whatever we want. From a very young age we take risks, we learn how to crawl, we try to stand up one and a million times more until we can walk; we did these actions without thinking about it and we wouldn’t stress out thinking that we weren’t going to be able to make it. But as we continue to grow, we keep listening; you’re going to fall, don’t do it, it’s not possible, it’s difficult or just the word no!

Those irrational beliefs were staying in our subconscious and together with other experiences they created those fears that became blockages that today, it wont let us achieve that goal, make that dream come true or reach that achievement, as a consequence, it prevents us from being full and happier.

Whatever the situation is, we have the ability to achieve it but many times we need that help that allows us to become aware that we really can and one of those powerful tools is coaching.

Through coaching we can identify what is that we really want and turn that desire into a goal that we perceive as attainable. To visualize it and manifest it, identify which are those resources that we have in our lives and which ones we lack, make an action plan, make a follow-up system to our plan and stay self-motivated and focused.

Coaching is not therapy. It’s not about focusing so much on the past or on our problems, coaching is focused on action, on achieving goals and on being our own motivators. Coaching assumes that we already have all the answers inside, only that we need to unlock them and get to know ourselves a little better to realize what we are capable of.

My name is Adriana Laitano and as a life coach I help you turn whatever you want into a reality. I am your guide and I will encourage you to think for yourself, to decide for your life, to take responsibility for your situation and above all to take action to achieve whatever it is that you set out to do.

If you’re interested, write to me for a session!

FACEBOOK: Adriana Mejia Laitano

EMAIL: [email protected]