Why I chose Animas...
I chose Animas High School because of the strong community and the fact that it's a college-prep school. I came from Mountain Middle School, another project based school here in Durango, so I assumed the transition would also be easier. I enjoy being challenged in my work and going above and beyond, and I thought that AHS could offer that for me. I also enjoy hands on learning and getting out in the community.
I think that it's a much better way of acquiring knowledge than a textbook or a lecture. We are presented with many interesting projects that dive deep into real world issues or opportunities. I also chose Animas because we can apply our own hobbies and personalities into our final pieces of work. I think that Animas is more engaging and a more welcoming place to learn!
I'm a passionate animal advocate.
I have been an intern at the La Plata County Humane Society for four years. I do many jobs there, such as play yard supervisor, kennel technician, and I match potential adopters with their perfect dog.
I am also one of the founders of Pit Bulls for People, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pit bulls (which includes many different breeds) find loving, forever homes. I have run this organization for three years now.
To add to all that, I'm a volunteer with Soul Dog Rescue, an organization that provides low cost spay and neuter for animals on the Navajo Reservation. I work in intake, surgical recovery, and in the down time, I rescue strays off the streets. I have been involved in many amazing rescues, and have seen these, once stray, dogs adopted in fantastic families.
I could tell you some amazing stories if you ask! I've been doing this for around two years.
Along with all this work outside of school, I have four dogs of my own that I love very much! I have an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, a German Shepherd mix, a Navajo Reservation dog, and a Miniature Australian Shepherd. I also enjoy playing acoustic guitar.