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Meet the Moderator: Yadira Ambert

The Inside Track blog post by The Understood Team
Mar 23, 2015

Yadira Ambert with her family

Our community offers you the chance to connect with parents facing the same issues as you. To ensure the community is a safe and respectful place, we have a team of 12 dedicated community moderators. In our Meet the Moderator Q&A series, you’ll meet every one of them!

Our next moderator is Yadira Ambert, who works with the Communidad en tu Idioma group, which serves Spanish-speaking parents.

Q: Yadira, tell us about yourself.

A: I’m a full-time mom, blogger and career woman! I’m originally from Puerto Rico. However, I feel I’m a Floridian since I’ve lived in Florida for nearly 20 years. My son is 7—he is very creative and an honor roll student.

In my spare time, I volunteer at our church, teaching a faith class to students who are in third grade. This opportunity has helped me understand children with all kinds of backgrounds and personalities.

Q: Why did you decide to be a community moderator?

A: There are three people in my life who motivated me to become a community moderator: my niece, my cousin and, of course, my son. My niece is a special education teacher and has always been interested in how kids learn. She works with kids every day, and I’ve learned a lot from talking to her about her experiences as a teacher.

My cousin has two girls with autism spectrum disorder. Her life isn’t easy. I see her struggle every day. Finally, my son—he’s a very smart kid. But early in school, he encountered some behavior challenges because of rigid and traditional teaching. I’ve discovered that his preferred method of learning is more of a hands-on approach.

This is a very challenging area for parents, and I know many parents feel alone. There’s a point where every parent can feel frustrated, whether or not their children are struggling with learning and attention issues. I can relate to that.

Q: What will parents find in the group you moderate?

A: I co-moderate the Spanish group, Communidad en tu Idioma. There are some unique education challenges for Latinos. For starters, there’s a possible language barrier. Parents may not be able to speak English very well.

There can be other challenges, too. Kids may have to adjust to being taught in a new language. It can be hard to find reliable information about learning and attention issues in Spanish. And education and medical information isn’t as developed in Spanish as in English.

Also, cultural differences can have a big impact on education. Parents are moving from many different countries to the United States, bringing their unique backgrounds and customs.

Here’s one example. In many Latino countries, it’s very normal to talk to a teacher informally. In the United States, communication is more formal. You may need to have a conference to talk to a teacher. That was surprising for me as a mom.

Q: What’s your biggest hope for the community?

A: Dealing with learning and attention issues can be especially hard for Spanish-speaking parents. The community is here to help them by providing resources they need.

Come see what Communidad en tu Idioma has to offer.

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