Jasmine Chavez-Espinoza didn’t know it at the time, but her stuffed animals helped find her calling.
When she was little, her favorite toy was an erase board. She drew and erased, and drew and erased, without as much as a raised googly eye from her audience.
It was only later at Jefferson High School that Chavez realized what the stuffed animals were telling her.
’It wasn’t until my senior year, when I discovered how much I loved art that I realized what I wanted to do: I want to inspire students the way I’m being inspired by my art teachers.
’The next question was, ’How am I going to do it? How am I going to go to school for that?‴
It was a very practical question for Chavez, 18, the daughter of immigrants. It was the beginning of her path to an Education Pathway scholarship with the Rockford Public Schools. Read more on our blog.