Teachers are responsible for shaping human beings; they should encourage kindness, grit, courage, and curiosity in their students, along with making sure that their students are aware of important social and cultural issues within society.”

Verdiana’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Biology and Chemistry

Why Science

“Science is not done by scientists in a laboratory somewhere far, far away. I want each and every one of my students to have a natural curiosity about the world around them, and to realize that they are scientists, too.”

Professional Experience

While in high school, Verdiana worked as a teaching assistant for High Jump, an enrichment program for high-achieving middle school students in the Chicago Public Schools District. She enjoyed this work and began to consider a career in education.

Volunteer Experience

Verdiana serves as a mentor in the University of Chicago’s Women in Public Service Mentorship program. She also worked with Hyde Park Cats, a cat rescue organization.


Verdiana enjoys running, watching television, painting and baking cakes.

Academic Background

  • The University of Chicago (Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Biology)
  • The College of The University of Chicago (Bachelor of Arts in Biology)