Sonia is an inquiry-based educator with a passion for international mindedness and mentoring service-minded students. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Special Education.
She began her career working as a co-teacher at Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea, an IB World School. She was the Service Learning Lead at her international school from 2018-2019, coordinating mentorship programs, organizing community involvement experiences, and coaching student leaders.
During her time in Asia, she embraced travel as essential in building empathy and challenging her own biases. She traveled to many developing countries, sparking her interest in tourism as an avenue for creating change.
Sonia moved back to the United States in 2019 to teach full-time in the low-income community of New Bedford, Massachusetts at Alma del Mar Charter School, with the goal of bringing a global perspective to students in her home state. Sonia focused on establishing strong relationships, supporting students and families with challenges during COVID- 19.
Sonia’s goal is to combine her passions to develop a social enterprise that educates tourists in overcrowded, impoverished communities on the impact their actions have on the local economy. At Amani Institute, she hopes to learn from social innovators, collaborate with others, and ultimately build a community that will inspire and motivate her in achieving her goals.