PdM had the pleasure of meeting in Simone's condo, which had a cozy fireplace. "It's getting cold out there," she mentioned laughing. "I just wish we had some snow already!"
Profession: I'm a physics teacher.
Fashion icon: My grandmother taught me that no matter what you wear, you must always wear it with style and plenty of class. She hand-knit all of her sweaters, including 3 for me, which I still have.
Goals and aspirations: I would like to become a high school administrator one day while also helping young minds achieve their educational goals, such as going to college or choosing a major right for them. Education in our country is going through some rough times and I want to help as much as I can.
Favorite cuisine: I really like Mexican food. My favorite dishes are enchiladas, tortas, and flautas. There is something about the great variety in this cuisine that appeals to my taste buds.
Chicago could improve...: I love Chicago, but our schools need serious makeovers. We need to place resources and a strong emphasis on educating the middle class because they make up the majority. Some of the students I teach come from broken families, and after school programs really make a difference in their lives. Without these programs, or art and music, some great talent is being wasted by not tapping into these kids' potential. It's very sad.
Word of wisdom: Work hard for your goals. I believe we can do anything we set our minds to, but that requires hard-work and time. Prioritize your life and make the good things come to you by being persistent.