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One-on-One with Dr. DelgadoWednesday, May 23, 2012 By Shoon Lei Yee
Q: What is your position at Kennedy? A: I’m an Assistant Principal for students with last name F to Z. I share discipline and take care of special aid and attendance. Q: What are your professional credentials? A: I have a Bachelor degree in Social Economy (BA), Master degree in Special Aid (MS), Doctor in Educational Leader, and three teaching credentials. Q: What are you currently working on right now? A: Well, discipline is huge. I just finished a file of textbooks from here that need to go to district. Q: What is your greatest accomplishment so far? A: My children would be my greatest accomplishment, and going back to school at age forty four after two years of college. It made impact on my career as well as my family. Q: You said that your children are your greatest accomplishment. Is there any specific reason for that? A: Just seeing them grown up to be successful young adults and living happy lives made me feel proud as a mother. Q: Why do you love working here at Kennedy? A: I just generally love working with kids, but working here is such a wonderful experience. All the staff members are amazing, students are amazing, and we’re like a big family on campus. Q: How many years have it been since you started working here? A: This will be third year working. Q: What will be your private pleasure if there’s any? A: Chocolate (laugh). And my two dogs; they are my buddies. Q: What is something that people don’t know about you or your personality? A: I’m kind of a cheerful person, and this is something that most of my colleagues don’t know about since I’m not usually like this at work. Also, I love photography. I like taking beautiful scenarios or just unique moments in my daily life. Q: Do you take professional classes (for photography) or is this just a hobby? A: I don’t take classes but I hired a private instructor a long time ago. Even though this is just my hobby, I want to take some really good pictures on my own so that’s why I kind of learned it professionally. Q: Have you had something that you’ve never been able to do in life? A: I’ve done many things in life, had many experiences and memories. But if I have to choose one, it’d be cruising on Panama Canal. I’ve never been there before also and I find that phenomenon feat just to see the works of art that’s been done throughout history. Q: Who would you give anything to meet regardless of the person is still alive or past? A: I’d give anything to meet my husband who passed away. He’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. Q: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? A: If I could change one thing, it’d be the advanced media and its negative influences on general society as well as young adults and kids. Q: What flavor, if there’s one, would you describe yourself to? A: Spicy. I think I fit with spicy flavor the most. Like I said before, I have quite a cheerful personality but can’t be displayed at work most of the time. At times, I have to be strict but yes, I think spicy flavor describes me. Q: What would be the most memorable moment from your past summer? A: I have a very memorable experience but it’s not from the past summer. It was a couple of years ago; I went to Spain (during summer) just for vacation. But since I don’t speak Spanish, every time I wanted to buy something or say something, I communicated with hand signals. And it worked; they understood what I was trying to say. Also, that was the first time I’ve travelled throughout Spain freely without anyone’s permission. I could just hop on the train with a map in my hands and go places to places. It was just fabulous. Q: Do you have any pet peeves? A: Inconsiderate of others. I’ve seen kids talking back to adults, not taking responsibility to their own actions and it just made them look bad as well as others. Q: What makes you laugh? A: My kids, my dogs, and the students. Each and every one of them is very special to me and seeing them being happy and successful put me into a good mood. Q: Lastly, if you have any favorite quote, would you share with us? A: I have a few but my favorite one is, “we don’t quit playing even when we get old.” It’s not my own quote but this represents everyone around my age to not stop doing whatever they’re doing in life. Because once you stop, you just basically give up in life.