Hey there! My name is Rochielle (pronounced roh-shell, pronouns she/they) and I am excited to join AALEAD as the MD Middle and High School Program Coordinator! I was born in San Diego, CA and moved to MD when I was 4 years old. My interest in education and youth started when I was in college and took a Filipino American Studies course. Learning about topics that related to my identity was life changing, and had me wishing I had these classes when I was younger. Now, here I am with AALEAD, excited as ever to engage with youth in creating and sharing spaces where they can thrive. I’m looking forward to this upcoming year and making a lot of fun memories with you all!