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.
We are presented with many interesting projects that dive deep into real world issues and/or opportunities. We can also apply our own hobbies and personalities into our final pieces of work. Animas is not a perfect school, but it can offer opportunities to learn skills that you could not acquire at a traditional high school.
I'm a passionate animal advocate.
I was an intern at the La Plata County Humane Society for five years. I did many jobs there, such as play yard supervisor, kennel technician, and I matched potential adopters with their perfect dog.
I was 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 helped run this organization for four years.
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've been doing this for around two years.
Aside from the work with animals, I am also a lover of photography. I have done two internships with photography studios and enjoy capturing photos of animals and landscape.
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.