Educator Spotlight: Meet Leticia Citizen
For tech coach in Southern California, family comes first
This story is part of a weekly series that celebrates outstanding teachers in our Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
When Leticia Citizen was growing up, her mother would sit patiently with her at the table as she finished her homework for the night.
Her younger siblings would crowd about, the evening home abuzz with little voices, dishes being put away and excitement for the next day to come.
Even into middle school, when her mom could no longer help, she would stay at the table still and assure Leticia, “We can talk about it and work through it together. I’m still here.”
Leticia grew up with a big family who was very close – many cousins together often, a grandmother who baked cakes from scratch for every birthday party and singing contests at the end of holiday gatherings. But amid the bustle and joy were Leticia’s inspiring parents, a young mother who helped to raise her nieces and nephews and a young father who finished college while Leticia was a teenager.
“They were firm but fair,” says Leticia, a tech coach in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Yes, we could make mistakes, but we couldn’t make excuses and we had to keep going, knowing we could still come out of those ashes. My parents held us to a high standard, but they did it in such a nurturing way.
“We felt loved, and everything I’ve done and how I do it is because I learned from them. They definitely were – and still are – my first teachers in life.”