Meet The Team
Proud 2 Be Me is one of my long-standing dreams coming to life! As owner and coordinator, my passion for working with children dates back as far as I can remember. Spending most of my childhood and adult life in different parts of Essex County, I understand the importance of cultural confidence, education,
and structure in the lives of children. It was no surprise when my first job was as a camp counselor. It was such a memorable and fulfilling experience for me! During my high school years, I continued to work with children. My peers and I participated in a peer leadership program to create programs that targeted the young people in our communities.Deciding a career path to pursue in college was a challenge, but ultimately I chose Dental Hygiene (which I love to this very day). While attending college at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ— it solidified my passion to continue working with children. Since graduating, I have worked at several pediatric dental offices. My desire to work with children has grown more than I could have imagined through these experiences. I started on my journey to develop a learning center that focuses on self-esteem, education, cultural history, fun, and the fundamentals of life.
Many of my future scholars and their parents may recognize me from Brilliant Smiles Pediatric Dental or from their schools working with Onsite Dental Team cleaning their teeth and educating them on dental health. This time provided me the opportunity to recognize and research some of the needs of our community all while developing trust filled relationships with the children and their parents.
My name is Aimee Jimenez, I recently joined the Proud 2 Be Me team as the lead teacher. My dream has always been to be a teacher since I was in 3rd grade. Everything I have done from being in an older sibling program to being a substitute teacher has been to improve my teaching method as well as my teaching style in an effective manner. I see myself as a positive and giggle-y person who has an enthusiastic outlook on life. I love being around children, and I love teaching. I get this great sense of achievement from seeing my students’ eyes light up once they finally understand something they struggled with. I enjoy watching my students develop and grow as individuals. I feel that I am doing my job well if I have a positive relationship of trust with my students because I will be able to further impact their future in a positive manner. I am also a very organized and effective communicator both verbally and written in English and Spanish, which I believe is an important trait to have in order to be a competent teacher. I believe that by furthering my education as a teacher and obtaining a doctorate degree I will fulfill my desire to have a positive and effective impact on my students’ education and lives.