What part of Miami (South Florida) are you from?
Describe yourself in five words.
Energetic, quirky, funny, genuine, kindhearted
What’s the one thing you think everyone who visits Miami must do or see?
Everyone that visits Miami has to visit Little Havana for Viernes Culturales if they happen to be here on the last Friday of the month. This festival shows off Miami as the fun, Latin community that we are known for. There are fabulous restaurants, old men participating in a domino competition, drums in the street, dance classes, and art exhibits. Otherwise, I’d have to say that visitors must take the time to go to Miami Beach. It may sound cliché, but we have the best beach! Visitors have to experience all South Beach has to offer, Española Way, Lincoln Road, the boardwalk, and Collins Park.
What outfit in your closet best describes your personal style?
The song, My Strongest Suit, from the musical Aida, answers this question for me. “My dress has always been my strongest suit.” (Elton John and Tim Rice, 1999). I am most often seen in a dress and heels. I have dresses for any occasion just waiting to be worn.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I cannot live without a good book. I’ll read just about anything, especially if it makes me laugh.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m not sure if I’d say that I’ve done crazy things. Daring maybe, but not crazy. I am usually willing to try anything at least once. This summer I am planning on going to Europe for a month on my own. I think that is pretty daring.
If you could spend the night out in Miami with any celebrity who would it be and why?
If I could be out and about in Miami with any celebrity, I would choose the two girls from 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. I am not sure what they are like out of character, but on the show they are hysterical. I know we would have a great time because Kat’s character is sassy and Beth’s has a heart of gold. Both are qualities I know I also have so I know we would get along.
What social issue is most important to you?
I deal with children every single day in my classroom. Honestly, I am concerned with bullying. Bullying is more common that I think anyone would want to realize. Bullying takes place all around us from small children and into adulthood. In many current cases, cyber bullying has taken over and it can be just as harmful, if not, more so.
What and how would you contribute to the city of Miami?
Again, maybe due to the nature of my career as a teacher and my love for children, I focus my philanthropic efforts towards them and their families that are enduring hardships of many kinds. In Miami there are a frightening amount of children that come to school without eating. The only meals they do eat are those they get at school. There are also an alarming number of children that are homeless. The only stability in their lives is when they walk through the doors of the school each day. We also cannot forget the sick children that spend many days in hospitals trying to cure or find a cure. Donations of food, basic hygienic supplies, books, crayons…just about anything…are needed by the hospitals shelters, schools, churches, and anywhere that takes in these children and their families. It is important to always give regardless of the time of year. The needs change from place to place as well as the items that they may require.
What makes Miami girls different from all other girls?
I have had the opportunity to travel around most of the United States and even to a few countries internationally. Throughout my travels, I have met many women from all over the world. Not one of them is ever the same, much like us here in Miami. We are all unique and special in our own ways. One thing I do see quite often in Miami, and not so much elsewhere, is a sense of extreme self-confidence and a desire to do exactly what we want when we want.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about Miami and why?
Miami really is a fabulous place. Aesthetically, it is gorgeous! Each community and town within it has its own charming character. If I had a magic wand and could really do whatever I wanted to the city, I’d make the humidity disappear forever! I think the lack of humidity will make for much happier women overall. Everyone knows that happier women means happier everyone else. :o)