Karen Ramirez was born on September 15, 1995 in Durango Mexico. She is the first born child of Mr. Oscar Ramirez and Mrs. Rita Burciaga (Eventos Especiales Magazine, 2013). She came to the United States when she was 5 years old and has lived in Waco, Texas ever since. She attended school in Waco I.S.D.— Provident Heights Elementary School, Brazos Middle School and University High School.
Math is Miss Ramirez’s favorite subject in school because numbers are easy to problem solve. She recalls that reading and writing were more complicated for her.
"I often translated essays in my mind. I started in Spanish and translated into English which made reading and writing take a bit longer,” Ramirez said. “I would practice English at home. I had a lot of family support.”
Teachers were helpful by explaining ideas in Spanish, when possible. Her advice for teachers of ELLs is to slow down and explain step by step.
She graduated from University High School in the top 10% of her class in May of 2013, with certifications in CPR and CNA. She is attending McLennan Community College (MCC) this fall, pursuing a degree in nursing. Her dream job is to be a pediatric doctor, as she loves children. Her favorite hobby is styling hair. Her family is very proud of her, stating that she is a model for her sisters to follow, as well as other English Language Learners.
She said that being bilingual helps her develop better communication skills in the workplace, especially working with patients.
Her advice to fellow ELL students is, "It might be difficult at the beginning, but once they learn English it will help them."
Congratulations Miss Ramirez! Waco I.S.D. wishes you all the best.