Using dichos or sayings from her mother, Minerva Garcia-Sanchez walks through the development of her own identity as a Mexicana. In her talk, Minerva discusses facing a paradox as a Mexican living in the United States―experiencing, at the same time, pressure for being “too Mexican” and “not Mexican enough.”
Sharing advice given by her mother, her father’s prioritization of her formal education, and her relationship with her extended family, Minerva embraces her identity that, as her aunt puts it―”celebrates the Fourth of July with a taquiza.”
Minerva Garcia-Sanchez Chicago Public Schools
As a teacher, principal, administrator and now the Chief of Network 7, Minerva has had a 22-year career dedicated to the advancement of Chicago Public School teachers and students. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, raised in Chicago’s Little Village, Minerva credits her upbringing with her passion for education and her commitment to serve as a mentor to younger generations. Minerva holds degrees from Loyola University, Chicago State University, Northwestern University and UIC.
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