Erica’s Story

Erica Carmona


Computers and Technology  |  Education

Erica’s Story

Erica Carmona knew from a young age that she would become an educator. Growing up with a father who had limited educational opportunities, the value of education was deeply ingrained in her. This early realization propelled her towards a career in teaching.

Today, she is the elementary education lead at Talent Maker City, a nonprofit in Talent, Oregon. Their goal is to provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to students and community members. She also teaches professional development courses on computer science and Spanish.

In addition to her work in the classroom, she also participates in community events and workshops that promote the organization’s commitment to building a prosperous and supportive creative community.

Her career journey wasn’t without its challenges. As a first-generation college student, she had to navigate the complexities of higher education, while balancing multiple jobs. This experience, coupled with her personal struggles, adds depth to her understanding and empathy towards her students–especially those facing similar hurdles.

Erica hopes to inspire her students to recognize and act upon their potential. She emphasizes the importance of trying new things and not being limited by self-doubt or external perceptions.

I hope that they can see the ways that I advocate for myself, and I hope they use that as a model for what they can do as well. 

Now go in-depth with Erica in an extended Q-&-A session!

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