My name is José M. Hernandez, in September 1999, I emigrated to the united states to the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I started working in different magazines and plastic factories. In September of 2003, I married María Ester Aguilera and we have 3 boys of 18,16, and 13 years old.
In January 2012, my wife’s dream of having our own business related to child care came true, which she named as “Green Planet Day care”. After so many years of effort from my wife.
So I started taking the first classes for early age care so we could work together and for this I needed to take certain basic classes that included: CPR, abuse and neglect, shaken baby syndrome, crib death.
I also took credentials for infants and toddlers and administration at MATC. Finally, in 2021 I graduated with an associate degree in early childhood education at MATC. I think that the more I prepare myself academically, the better the quality of child care will be.
What inspired me to study the associate in early education was to see my wife who has a gift for teaching the children in her care and how grateful the parents are with her.
Then I got involved little by little in the day care and began to prepare myself to be more professional in this field. My children were my other reason to finish my studies and be an example despite my age, it is never too late to learn and of course “yes you can” despite the obstacles, always stay focused on what you want and you will succeed, even if you have not yet mastered the language.
I thank god and this country that have given me so much and I thank each of the people who were by my side, especially my wife and my children.
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.
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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. “
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.
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