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 Aida Roman
Aida Roman is a teaching assistant at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School who has been with the Goshen Central School District for seven years. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx and SUNY Purchase in Westchester County.
While a high school student, Aida held an internship where she had the opportunity to work with elementary school-aged children – and quickly realized that she loved teaching and wanted to enter the field of education.
How did you get started professionally?
I began working at a Pre-School, then I worked as a Teacher’s Aide for five years before getting my Teaching Assistant Certification.
What do you enjoy most about working for the Goshen Central School District?
The way everyone works together for the benefit of the students. It is a kind, nurturing environment and I am happy to be a part of such a great district.
Who had the most influence on your career?
All of my teachers throughout my childhood as well as my Internship teacher who shared her love of working in the Education field with me.
What is your heritage?
I am 100% Puerto Rican! My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all born and raised in Puerto Rico. I am the first generation born and raised in the mainland. My kids are both 100% Puerto Rican as well and I love that I get to teach my children about our rich culture and heritage.
What’s something you’d like others to know about your heritage/culture?
Puerto Ricans are very proud of their culture and heritage. We take pride in the fact that we are a commonwealth of the United States and celebrate the privilege of being both Puerto Rican and American.
How do you celebrate your heritage/culture?
Every culture has different foods. I celebrate my culture by remembering the recipes that are typical of our ancestors. I also try to bring my kids to Puerto Rico for vacation as often as possible. Being able to see our culture and visit our family members on the island is extremely important and something we always look forward to.
How do you think your heritage/culture has shaped you as a person/professional?
I speak Spanish fluently and I am able to help translate for students and parents who may need my services.
What things do you like to enjoy or do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming and reading. In addition to this, I love taking my family on vacations! We are all Disney lovers!
What’s a fun fact about you that others may not know?
I have been on television several times!