New York native and Morgan State and Johns Hopkins University alumna.
Loves to travel and freestyle rap. New vegan chef.
Above being an avid reader, writer, creator, educator, and mental-health advocate, Valenciá is a symbol of liberation who plans to continue innovating and serving in education, from her heart to the world, for years to come.
For the first 12 years of her teaching career, Valenciá taught Humanities to 8th grade learners, during the day, and trained pre-service teachers, as a professor of Critical Literacy, at night. After helping her school secure a technology grant from a non-profit, she was asked to take on the role of coaching teachers. At the end of the coaching year, Valencia hit a mental roadblock due to personal problems and took a sabbatical from the profession to establish the foundation of her own educational practice—which she considered the solution to some of her problems. After one year out to heal her mind and rebuild her focus, Valencia found she had the capacity to rejoin the workforce as an adjunct professor of English Language Arts and a literary consultant with K-8 school districts across the United States. As much as she wanted to be a full time entrepreneur, she also needed to cover the rest of her student loans, doctoral tuition, and invest into her educational practice. Currently, she finds, these two jobs are financially supporting her to pay off debt and giving her invaluable experience and insight into sectors of higher education and the non-profit industry. This work is intrinsically rewarding, as they allow her to provide highly-effective literacy support to educators and learners, while maintaining the freedom to grow other areas of her life.
During the summer of 2016, Valenciá became the author of “Soundless Cries Don’t Lead to Healing: A Critical Thinking Guide to Cultural Consciousness.”
She is currently a neuroeducation research student, studying the science of human-growth and brain development and using this knowledge, as Chief Growth Officer, to reform Valenciá’s Garden from being a reflective educational community blog, into GrowCery Garden—virtual resources to grow beyond creative barriers.
One of GrowCery Garden’s first resource tools is the Grow Beyond Creative Barriers Guide, drawn from Valenciá’s current experience as an EdD student at Johns Hopkins University, managing her dissertation studies with the traumatic events unfolding in her life. In designing the guide and documenting her creative journey on Instagram, she has developed a budding virtual community of support with learning creative independence.
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