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A space where I talk with Latinas who are passionate about what they do, and willing to sharing their wisdom with others to change the narrative especially for the next generation.Each season is centered around different topic, but all with the Latina perspective. This is Season 3 focused on Latinas in Education.
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We made it! Finished another amazing season of Elevating la Cultura podcast! I’m so grateful for each guest, and everyone that has listened! At the end of last season we had 700 downloads, and now we are at over 1350 downloads. Like I’m so so agradecida for all the support, and feedback that keeps me going and sharing our stories.All of my guests this season have had such an immense amount of wisdom to share. I’ve had time to reflect on my own educational experiences, and I’ve gained a better understanding for how I can reconcile with my past in a way that can shift things for the next generation.It’s complex and takes work, but Whenever we have conversation, and listen to each other’s stories it’s easier for us to empathize and gain a different perspective on life.And I think that’s the goal. To cultivate spaces for conversations between generations to happen so we can have understanding for each other. but so many times we get caught up in the day to day don’t take the time to learn from each other. That’s why I’m so proud of this space. As parents, caregivers, and educators we all really just want to support our kids in who they are. To elevate and encourage them to be better than we are, so they can create a better future for the future generations. I mean how amazing is that to know that Latina’s are working hard against their own past experiences to make sure that it’s improved for the coming generations. I’m so proud to know each and every one of my guests this season. I have such hope for the future, in knowing that our youth are being supported socially, emotionally, as well as academically.  Let’s keep pouring into our schools, our teachers, and our children. Muchisimas gracias for another amazing season, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos pronto.Instagram: @elevatinglacultura
Hola! Oh my goodness, I’ve been excited to publish this episode since I recorded and wanted this episode to really send us out as we wrap up the season. NoNieqa is a Young Adult and children’s author and is helping educators, parents and youth connect with each other. She is disrupting ideas and narratives that many of us have grown up with and shifting the way we view ourselves and others.I could’ve chatted with her all day, and I hope to one day meet in person because she is an amazing person filled with so much wisdom and hope for the next generation. I feel so energized after speaking with Nonieqa and like I have a renewed passion to continue having these conversations, because like she said real change will happen as a community. Website: nonieqaramos.comInstagram: @nonieqa.ramosTwitter: @NoNieqaRamosResources:Las MusasSoaring 20sDiverse BooksLatinx in LitNCTETroupe 21Ok amigos, Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Hey! This week I’m chatting with Marialuisa, a public high school teacher in Chicago with a big heart for her students. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since  7th grade! Her positivity and passion for walking alongside high school students is an encouragement. She shared some great wisdom for how we can better understand and connect with high school aged youth so we can help guide them through life. It’s so great to see people really loving and pouring into young adults. High school can be a tricky time as kids are navigating between their youth and adulthood, but I have such hope for the next generation, and I know they’re going to be amazing at continuing the positive shift in metal and emotional wellbeing. Instagram: @hellomissenglishThank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Today’s episode with Brenda is filled with so much wisdom, it really got me excited to go through the week after we recorded. Brenda is a leader in the education space with her involvement with several major groups that are striving to make a difference and elevate Latinx educators across the country. She also a bilingual 2nd grade teacher and a Mom. You might hear her little one in the background missing her while she’s recording. #momlife. Anyway, our conversation is packed with lot of encouragement.I’m so proud to know her and all that she is doing to advocate for our next generation of leaders. I’m so thankful she took some time out of her weekend to talk with me. It’s amazing to learn more about all the things that are shifting in the education space.YouTube Channel: Maestra MendozaInstagram: @maestramendozaFacebook Page: Family Literacy Program & La Maestra MendozaTwitter: @maestra_mendozaThank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
We recorded this episode late at night a Wednesday, so I’m so appreciative that she could take the time out of a full teaching/mom life day to chat with me for the podcast. Vanessa is a certified bilingual and special education pre-k teacher. She pours everything she has into making everyday special for her students and the teachers around her. She shares great information on how to find community and resources for a child with an IEP.  Enjoy my chat with Vanessa. You can tell Vanessa has the biggest heart for her kids and inspires joy in everyone she’s around. Her excitement for life is truly contagious. So I hope you take some of that excitement and apply it to your week. And a little reminder to plan out some time for yourself to regroup so you can stay excited for life. Ok amigos, Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Hola! Today’s conversation is so good, and I’ve wanted to get it out to the listeners since I recorded it! Veronica shares her story of how she opened the Little Scholars Club, a daycare and learning center dedicated to provide children with a safe and nurturing space where they can learn and develop the social, emotional, academic, and life skills needed for school preparedness.Veronica, pivoted from being a teacher, to open LSC with her sisters. She is working towards shifting the idea of daycare in her community to something that is positive and beneficial for kids. So, enjoy our conversation. Website: littlescholarsclub.comFacebook: Little Scholars ClubInstagram: @tlapaliartstudioVeronica is such an inspiration to me. Her heart and passion for education and pouring into kids with love, is beautiful.Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Hola! Today I’m talking with Maggie Moreno co-founder of LatinXChange. Let me tell you, that the passion behind this organization is amazing. Community is so important in every career, and LatinXChange is a  community for Latinx educators to grow, have a voice and to be encouraged professionally and personally. Maggie’s story about how she came to launch LatinXChange is amazing, and the wisdom she shares is so amazing.Website: latinxchange.coPodcast: LatinXChange IG: @_latinxchange_TikTok: @latinxchangeFacebook: LatinXChangeLinked In: LatinXChangeTwitter: @maestra_maggie @_latinxchange_We definitely need this kind of representation and resource in the education space. I can’t wait to see how LatinXChange grows and Maggie and the team will continue to lead and inspire people all over the world.Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Hola! I’m Karina host of Elevating la Cultura, and today I’m talking with Analily, a 5th grade teacher out in California.She was the first person to inspire me in shifting how I parent and I’m just so grateful we got to connect in person a few years ago, and also the fact that we’ve stayed in touch thanks to instagram.Analily truly speaks from the heart, and you can tell she is passionate about nurturing her classroom, and cultivating an environment of safety and respect.IG: @analily_mAfter hearing her episode, you'll wish that she could be a teacher to your kids. I’m so encouraged by the way she is empowering her classroom, and showing them safety and love. I’m so grateful she shared her own story with advocating for her son. It’s great to know that there are resources out there to help kids, and while it might take some effort to find them, hopefully after this episode you’re encouraged that there are people to help. Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
Hola! I’m Karina host of Elevating la Cultura, and today I’m talking with Lisset from Casita Montessori. I get so excited to hear stories of people pouring back into their community, which is exactly what Lisset is doing by opening this school. I loved learning about Montessori education and why it’s so important to her to bring this type of access to the southside of Chicago. She is working hard to open the doors to this school by fundraising through her business La Casa Calderon. If you can, support by purchasing products from her site. I can’t wait for the day that the doors are open, and the families are supported and loved through the community Lisset is building.Website: COMING SOONFacebook: Casita Montessori Chicago & La Casa Calderón Instagram: @casita.montessori & @lacasacalderonTikTok: @lacasacalderonOk amigos, Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura. Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
I’m Karina host of Elevating la Cultura, and today I’m chatting with Vanessa Avalos, my friend who is opening up a bilingual and culturally relevant playroom called Luna y Cielo. You can definitely hear the passion behind what she is building. She shares so much information about the process of building something from the ground up, and the all of the emotions that go with it. She is seriously working so hard to bring this access to our community. This episode is PACKED with all of the things! I mean we talked about it all. I’m so thankful Vanessa was so open and honest with her journey as she builds a new space for the Latine community because it’s definitely not easy, but its going to be so worth it.Since our episode Vanessa has launched her crowdfunding campaign started her own TIKTOK account, and has learned a lot more about social media. I also filmed her promo video which I’ll include at the end of the YouTube video if you want to check it out there. Website: lunaycieloplay.comInstagram: @lunaycieloplayCrowd Funding VideoOk amigos, Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura.  Alright, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
I’m Karina host of Elevating la Cultura, and I’m excited to introduce our first guest of season three!!! I met Carolina through Instagram first, but then in person at the We All Grow conference in California in 2019. She is a homeschool mom, and inspires me as I homeschool my own kids. I’m so glad for social media as we’ve stayed connected despite living halfway across the country from each other. I get so excited to talk with homeschooling parents, but even more so Latine homeschooling parents because we can relate and support each other on a deeper level. Sometimes I feel alone in talking about homeschooling, so it’s always encouraging to talk with someone who has similar values and can come alongside you and support you by letting you know that you’re not alone, and that you’re doing ok.This was a great interview to start the season, since homeschooling is how I’ve chosen to start the educational foundation for my kids.I hope you enjoy our conversation and after a year of a new approach to education in 2020, will find some encouragement, that everything will be alright. Thank you so much for listening. There will be a new episode every Tuesday, so after you listen feel free to take a screenshot to post on IG and tag @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching online. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share. SO leave a review on apple podcasts so we can get more ears listening to these stories and we can continue elevating la cultura.
Hola! Welcome back to Season 3! With this season I want to elevate Latinas in the education space because I know education is the foundation for our kids and can really be influential for the rest of their lives. I want to help listeners hear stories and have hope that there are people advocating for our kids, doing all they can for the next generation, and inspiring parents to do the same for their own kids. There are so many of us who are trying to make changes in the education space even among the youngest ages. I’m so proud to know each of my guests and to learn alongside you as we are encouraged by their stories so that we can come alongside our kids to provide a safe space for them as they go on to figure out life. 
Woo we made it. Welcome to the last episode of season 2. I’m beyond grateful a todos that have listened to the podcast. Elevating la Cultura has had over 700 downloads, and many YouTube views. I’m so grateful to my guests who have been vulnerable enough to share their stories, and offer wisdom and advice on this very important topic of health and wellness. We had amazing guests that have talked us through their journeys and the importance of their field as well as being purposeful to educate the Latinx community. What I hope comes from this season, that you find connection, encouragement, and hope in making small or big changes in your life so that we can create generational change to make health and wellness a priority. While the generations before us might not have had that as a priority since they prioritized survival and protecting their families, we have the privilege to focus on our emotional and mental wellbeing which is just as important as we try to build a more just, and equitable society for our children. 
Hola! We’ve made it to my last guest for Season two! I’m talking with Jen, a functional trainer with Well with JQ. I felt like we could have talked all day about all things fitness & food. I love how intentional she is when it comes to shifting thought patterns we might have around food and exercise especially in the Latinx community. After this conversation I realize the importance of continuing to challenge past idea around food, and those confusing comments that we hear from family, and actually free ourselves of the guilt surrounding food, especially cultural food. I felt like I could relate to our whole conversation, and it’s always so encouraging when your feelings are heard and validated, so I hope you’re also encouraged that you’re not the only one struggling to figure this out.Website: wellwithjq.comInstagram: @wellwithjqFacebook: Well with JQI also think it's so inspiring that Jen shows us that it you can always shift and pivot and go back to school to actually pursue what lights you up. It’s a really is a great conversation, and I think many of us will be able to relate. So I hope you enjoy this episode.
Hola! A new month, and a new quarter. I hope everyone is feeling great about the rest of the year.Today I’m chatting with Vanessa from Holistic Healing Circle, a brand she had created to empower and encourage all who come across her page and products. Like many of us she created this space during the pandemic when she needed something to ground her and pour into her mental well-being. We also talk about her day job where she works as a domestic violence advocate. So please be aware that we are talking through some hard issues, as you listen to the episode. Resources are shared below.Holistic Healing CircleInstagram: @holistic_healing_circleTalking through mental health as we navigate the many issues that have had a negative impact on our lives is hard. But it’s necessary for us to acknowledge it so that we can move towards a place of healing, restoration, and generational change. I love how Vanessa encourages us to be mindful of focusing on positive affirming messages as well as connecting with the Earth to ground and steady us as we do healing work in our lives. Resources she shared in the episode for Domestic Violence:The Network: Advocating Against Domestic ViolenceBasta! Enough Domestic Violence Program877-863-6338 (877-TO END DV)Ok amigos, Thank you so much for listening. If you enjoyed this conversation please rate on apple podcasts, share, take a screenshot to post on IG @elevatinglacultura or send me a DM. You can also comment on our YouTube video if you’re watching onlineI always like to hear from people an how they resonated with the stories I share. So go on, enjoy the rest of the day/afternoon/evening whenever you’re listening, y nos vemos next week. 
I’m so excited for this next interview with Evelia owner of De Mi Tierra. She Spilled ALL. THE. TEA. when it comes to the cosmetic industry. Evelia has been in the industry for over 15 years, and when she was pregnant she decided to take a stand and develop products that she could trust and knew that would be nourishing to her body. About De Mi Tierra:"Her company, De Mi Tierra is Spanish for “From My Earth”, because she believes that skin, bath and beauty products should be as nature intended them to be...100% Natural, Simple and Organic.  All of their products are handcrafted in small batches with natural earth made ingredients, organic, unrefined plant oils, butters, and clays and absolutely no animal derived ingredients.  Only organic therapeutic grade essential oils are infused in all of our products each benefiting the mind, body and spirit. They hope to transform your home and skin…one small batch at a time!"Website: demitierranatural.comInstagram: @demitierra_naturalShe encourages us to be more thoughtful about what we put on our bodies, and how we can look back to our ancestors and their connection to the earth when it came to taking care of their bodies. I’m so glad to have had this conversation in person especially because we got to talk through her actual products there at the end. Shout out to Vanessa and Helio from 41 Films for being our video crew and producing this episode. 
Today’s conversation is so good! I mean they’re all good in my opinion. But I’m so glad Jess was able to chat with me for this season. She is a certified health and wellness coach based out of LA.We met at the We All Grow conference in 2019 and have kept in touch via social media since. She is a huge advocate for sharing her knowledge and wanting to educate others about holistic living especially as a Latina. She is such a joy to chat with, so enjoy our conversationIG: @coachjessgguzmanIsn’t she just an awesome person. I’m thankful that she shared her story because I’m sure many others including myself can relate to wanting to be better advocates for ourselves when it comes to our mental health. I love her calming presence  and how she encourages us to take our health journey one step at a time and with lots of grace. I encourage you to follow her on IG so you too can be encouraged by her content. Ok amigos, Thank you so much for listening. Feel free to leave a comment if you enjoyed this conversation. I always like to hear from people and how they resonate with the stories I share.
In this week’s episode, I had the privilege to chat with Patricia Peña, a Licensed marriage and family therapist with her own private practice, Patricia Peña Therapy LLC. where she provides individual and family therapy to children, teens, adults, and families.Paty is employed full time at Children’s Research Triangle as their Senior Bilingual Child and Family Therapist and Early Childhood Advisor. She plays multiple roles at CRT including running parenting groups, individual and family therapy, and providing clinical consultation with therapists on staff. Paty practices various forms of therapy such as Theraplay, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, etc. She specializes in treating trauma and attachment issues. She’s also the co-founder of Chicago Latinx Therapy Group, a networking group for Latinx psychotherapists which makes her great advocate for other people in her field.She shares a lot of great info on therapy and also encouragement to elevate the next generation of therapists.website: Psychology TodayIG: @mft_paty
My conversation with Yesenia was so powerful and healing for me and I’m so excited to share our chat. My first zoom meeting with her a few months ago felt like it could’ve lasted all day. I felt such a deep connection with her from the beginning. Through her community Her Revolutión she is helping people heal from past experiences, specifically issues that might stem from one’s Mother, so they can connect and have a holistic relationship with themselves. Yesenia shares so much wisdom and truth in this episode, so please enjoy our conversation.website: herrevolucion.comIG: @her_revolucionWe would go DEEP in this episode. I love that these conversations are happening, and that Yesenia has this space available for conversations like these to happen, so healing can start to take place. I’ve realized that as much as I want a better future for my kids, that I need to be doing the work in my own life in order to SHOW them that change is possible and give them that foundation to keep building on. 
This week, I’m excited to share my conversation with Crystal from Verde Wellness Studio. She is an energy holistic practitioner and massage therapist. She shares about how she is continuing her families ancestral legacy by offering practices and massage therapies that have been passed down through generations. She’s also been intentional about serving the community she grew up in. Crystal offers us so much encouragement in this episode, so I hope you enjoy our conversation.verdehws.comIG: @verdehwsFB: Verde Holistic Wellness StudioHer whole interview is inspiring for us who have felt disconnected or embarrassed about our culture when we were younger. I love how she shares that she has reclaimed the value of holistic wellness through ancestral practices, with the intention of sharing with others.I know that throughout this episode I was feeling so nostalgic as she talked about some of the ancestral practices because I remember experiencing them as a kid from my tia.
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