I know the challenges of working-class people. My parents taught me the value of hard work and being frugal. My father worked diligently full-time to support me, my two younger sisters, and my mom. And occasionally, my mom would work nights to help supplement my dad's income. It wasn't always easy and I definitely felt the impacts of income inequality in school, but those years made me stronger and more determined to help others in similar situations. It also gave me much-needed budgeting skills. I know how to cut expenses.
- One of my first jobs was on Kent's East Hill at a thrift store next to the record and donut shops. I was 17, attending high school and a daily, before school JROTC program, and working 36 hours a week at that store. I don't know how I finished any of my homework.
- From 2013-2016 I worked for the Kent School District in the nurse's office at Meridian Elementary. I saw firsthand the challenges that refugee and immigrant families face when transitioning into a culture so different from their own.