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Araceli Mendibles

I grew up in the City of South Tucson and I am a 1988 graduate of Pueblo High School!! "Si Se Puede". Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor, and have always strived to help people. This led me to being a teacher for 22 years, and in my years of teaching I have gained an understanding of how all children deserve to be loved and to feel safe. I try to apply the same love to my job, as I do to raising my kids, which is how I came to know Higher Ground. My son came to visit the jujutsu summer program and fell in love with the staff and other students. After I became a parent volunteer I decided to leave my teaching career to join this amazing team. I am currently the Director of School Programs and I am honored to work with the local public schools to bring Grit, Social Emotional Learning and character building to each site. I want to see our partnerships with each school grow and see the youth of Tucson giving back to their communities.