Ms. Lorena Trujillo
My name is Lorena Trujillo (true-he-yo). I am a mother of two, a Mexican-American, and a Chicago Native. I have been teaching for a total of eleven years. Five of the eleven years have been spent teaching reading at Brimhall Junior High and six years were spent teaching reading, writing, and social studies in an inner-city school in Chicago, IL.
My parents were born in a small town near Guadalajara, Mexico and decided to move to the United States shortly after they married. Both had previously lived in the U.S. and decided the U.S would be the perfect place to raise their family.
I am the youngest of four girls and the only college graduate. In 1993, I attended Morton Community College in the town of Cicero, IL and in 1995, I received my Associate Degree. I then went on to pursue my Bachelor degree at Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where over 50% of its students major in education.
I decided to student teach in an inner-city school located in the neighborhood where I was born and raised known as Little Village. In fact, the school's name was "Little Village Academy." In 1998, shortly after my student teaching experience, I graduated from the university and was offered a position as a resource teacher at "Little Village Academy." I taught first grade for one semester and came to the conclusion that elementary children were not my niche. I decided to teach seventh and eighth grade and absolutely enjoyed teaching this group of students. Middle school students are my heart. They are so full of life, funny, and moody; they help me stay young and in tune with young adult struggles. I say this because it helps me with my own children.
I am a mother of two young boys ages nine and eighteen. My older son's name is Ricardo (Ricky) and my youngest is Christian. Ricky graduated from Red Mountain High School in May 2008 and graduated from Marine Corps. Basic Training in December 2008. I am very proud of him! Christian is an avid reader, an outstanding baseball player, and an excellent student at Patterson Elementary in Gilbert.
I hope you enjoyed Reading about me, and I look forward to meeting some of you throughout the school year.