Hispanic Heritage Month: Meet Teaching Assistant Ana Serrano-Ayau

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the district is highlighting employees with Hispanic ancestry — their cultures, achievements and contributions to our Goshen Schools family!

Meet Teaching Assistant Ana Serrano-Ayau

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Ana Serrano-Ayau is a teaching assistant at the Goshen High School library.

Meet Ana Serrano-Ayau, teaching assistant at Goshen High School. Ana has worked in the district for the past 10 years, currently in the Goshen High School library as well as the English as a New Language (ENL) Department.

Ana graduated from Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. After relocating to the area from Queens, Ana decided to make a change from working in the private sector, starting as a substitute aide for the district.

How did you get started professionally?

I applied to be a substitute teacher aide and was hired as a permanent employee a year later. I am now a Teaching Assistant at the Goshen High School Library. I have had the opportunity and pleasure of working with our English as a New Language (ENL) students in various capacities which has also allowed me to use my Spanish language.

What do you enjoy most about working for the Goshen Central School District?

What I most enjoy about working for the district is the friendships I have made along the way, as well as the relationships I have built with my students. We have learned a great deal from each other.

Who had the most influence on your career?

The teachers I have worked with throughout the years have had the most influence on my TA career.

What is your heritage?

I was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Brooklyn. I love to get together with my family to celebrate the holidays as we prepare pernil (roast pork), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles, and no Puerto Rican meal is complete without FLAN!

How do you think your heritage/culture has shaped you as a person/professional?

I think my culture has shaped me as a person and professional because we are social, caring, and not afraid to speak our minds. It has served me well in my career in relating and communicating with my students.

What things do you like to enjoy or do when you aren’t working?

I enjoy trying new recipes, reading, and spending time with family and friends.