"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you can't have empathy and have
effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far." -Daniel Goleman
Xochitl began her journey at Little Owl as a substitute teacher in April 2014. When she first stepped into the
school and saw the environment and the interactions between everyone in the Little Owl family she instantly
saw her values of how she believes people- including children, ought to be treated: with respect, love and as
teachers and learners. She saw how children's needs and emotions were nurtured and she knew this was the
ideal space for her to grow as a human and teacher. She completed her teacher certificate at LBCC and had
her BA in Sociology from CSULB. Xochitl has substituted at three other schools. And even though this is her
first actual permanent position as a teacher she has learned and experienced a lot from her now 12-year-old
son and peers.
Most of Xochitl's experiences are in community work with families--as a grassroots community
organizer here in Long Beach, a counselor to teenage girls in the foster care system, and a supervisor,
training and working with adults with varying mental abilities. She founded parent and child support groups,
served on the board of directors as a parent representative, and completed a number of classes through
Functional parenting and Choose connection: non-violent communication.
Through all her experiences
Xochitl continues to believe in self-empowerment as a foundation of strength, change, and growth. When
people believe, trust, and are able to express themselves, anything is possible.