Hi, my name is George Avila. I was born in Suffern, New York but primarily raised in Colombia South America as a young child. My parents moved to Colombia when I was two years old. When growing up I learned more about my cultural background. Speaking Spanish was something that I grasp quick from being around my siblings and extended family members. I moved back to the United States when I was 9 years old. Being exposed to both different countries gave me the opportunity to be diverse and learn more as I developed to become a better person, friend, son, father, husband, colleague and team player.
One interesting fact about me is that I am a pet lover. My dream as a child was to become a veterinarian. I was thrilled to learn more about animals. When I began college I went to Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales known as UDCA Veterinary School for two years. The experiences that I gained were great but there was just one down side to it. For instance, dealing with the blood from the animals wasn’t so exciting. Although, the good weighted out the bad I was able to teach my friends about certain aspects about animals. I am very passionate in helping others and developing a concrete understanding for them. When studying anatomy in school I was able to assist my friends in comprehending the objective better than the professor. I received tremendous amount of compliments about becoming a teacher in the future.
Nevertheless, I took my friends advice and went on to become an English teacher in the early 2000s. I attended Abraham Lincoln School in Bogota, Colombia. I started my first experience working for the Coca-Cola Company teaching English to graphic designers. My experience continued to flourish as I began teaching English to professionals such as doctors, lawyers and engineers as they wanted to expand their studies in the United States. I’ve gained a tremendous amount rapport from my adult students. Collaborating, networking and teaching adults gave me the idea to expand my career as I moved back to the United States in my late 20s.
While, reflecting back to Colombia it gave me a sense of pride, I was young, intelligent and wasn’t afraid of a challenge. Moving back to New York I wanted to work hard and continue my education. I attended St, Thomas Aquinas College in Orangeburg, New York and received my Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Education. Throughout my experience in college, I started working at Rockland BOCES as a teaching assistant. I was placed in a program called Jesse Kaplan. At this school I was able to work with children with Down syndrome, autism and brain damage. It was an honored to experience working with this sort of children. I have patience and compassion working with this population of children. I’ve acquired such rapport with the classroom teacher, colleagues, children and parents. I was able to assist the teacher in lesson plans, small group instruction, classroom management and more. Working at Jesse Kaplan gave me the motivation in continuing my education as an educator.
I’ve always been very ambitious as a child and a young adult. I liked being challenged and completing a task that took time and effort. I knew that working with special education students I would be thrilled because I had a lot to offer such as my time, patience, motivation and love. I knew I was a great asset to the BOCES program so I decided to continue my education and pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education at The City College of New York. After my studies, I had a job opportunity to teach Spanish to the students in Special Education. Being able to combine two of my favorite aspects in life was the best thing that occurred. Teaching Spanish gave me the opportunity to give the children a sense of confidence. As I differentiated the instruction for all leveled learners, the students were able to be exposed by different styles of learning. They were able to learn how to distinguish words and phrases in Spanish, along with constructing sentences and speaking with a partner. I’ve always been a team player and wanted to introduce this concept in my classroom. I’ve always believe in being a team player not only during sports but in the classroom. This motto has been taught to teach my students how to be fair, respectful and understanding of one another.
As the years progressed as a teacher, I’ve learned so much from collaborating with colleagues, attending professional development meetings, communicating with administrators, students and parents. Teaching is such a tremendous passion but I will continue to develop as a person to establish more in life. In the year 2013 I started working for Cognition Builders as a family architect helping individuals manage their behavior. I’m also trained in therapeutic crisis intervention helping clients from hurting themselves or others. As for my personal life, I am married and have two beautiful sons. An interesting fact about me is that I trained mixed martial arts, Thailand kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I know how to train dogs to make them k-9 bodyguards and to make it interesting I am a great cook. I enjoy trying different cultural foods along with cooking a diverse of dishes.
I am and will still continue to flourish in my personal and professional life. I believe in good deeds and hard work. I put my best effort in whatever I tend to accomplish. I am a role model and a firm believer.
One day I decided to write a screenplay and here I am!