We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Pacheco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, what makes you happy? Why?
To me, happiness is people. It’s learning. And it’s learning with people. The gift of loving and the gift of learning are two precious wonders we are given in this life that can never be taken away from us. I’ve always known I would end up working in a field where I would be supporting fellow members of society in one way or another. I’ve had the beautiful opportunity to work in both education and healthcare and I have loved every second of it. Happiness is found in every child I get to work with. In education and healthcare, the students, patients, and clients are not the only ones learning. Educators and healthcare workers are also learning from every individual they come across and personally this is the reason I do it. It sounds silly to say but people are my passion. I’ve been studying communications and social psychology because there is absolutely nothing more fascinating to me than people. Every person that has ever existed is relevant and powerful and every bond and connection you have with someone is purposeful. We have so many kinds of personal and impersonal relationships in life and they all matter. However, the ones that matter the most are the relationships where you can learn and support from one another. These relationships make me happy because it all ultimately is a domino effect. Influence and love spread like wildfire and the more people learn with each other the more society can transcend into something truly beautiful. I believe when we get there, we will all have more answers to give about what makes us happy. It’ll be each other. It’ll be a peaceful, prosperous society.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a youth program leader and behavior technician my job duties are essentially to teach and shape. When I started working as a behavior technician and giving 1:1 therapy to children with special needs it was a completely different experience to the classroom teaching experience. It’s even more personal and intimate. I’m in the kiddos homes, working with each individual client 20-25 hours a week, on their behavior reduction, cognitive abilities, skill acquisition and interpersonal social skills. It’s not an easy job and it really makes you realize the lack of knowledge and support for children with special needs in the education system. I’m currently still in school working towards advancing more in education and healthcare and I am most excited about helping reform the education system. As a student, educator, and health care worker I can confidently tell you there’s a lot of work to be done. There is absolutely no reason as to why the education system still fails to recognize how to truly and effectively support neurodivergent children and teach neurotypical children how to interact with all children. It will not be an easy path to reform but I am hopeful in the future of education and I will continue to do everything in my power to help society get there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to North Park and Hillcrest. Both areas are full of creativity, color, and passion. I’d also make a stop at Barrio Logan and city heights for the beautiful culture and familiarity. Specific places that are a must are Verbatim Books, the Flashbacks thrift store, the Corvette Diner, the Southbay drive-in,the Ugly Dog bar on El Cajon blvd and my secret little spot at Lake Murray.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Holistically, every person I’ve come across deserves credit and recognition because everyone has somehow helped shape me and lead me to my success. I’m extremely grateful for the people in my life. I’d especially like to shoutout my peers, my fellow struggling young adults. Society does not have it set up for us to succeed, but we help each other through our bonds and relationships and support. We are aware of the power of unity and the importance of progressivism. It’s important to shoutout the youth because it is us who are doing what we can to help save and shape the future into a safe and peaceful society. I of course would also like to shoutout my family, my friends, who know they are also my family, and all educators and healthcare workers. Love for you all and thank you, I would not be where I am without your guidance and devotion.
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