October 28, 2021

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How Comics and Educating Served Me Find the Superhero in Me

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It was about summer time 2015 when I arrived at a breaking position. I was the editor for a effectively-known teenager journal site and was emotion like my soul was remaining crushed, as I did not experience as fulfilled as I considered I would experience crafting about Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. I felt empty. I felt lost. They pay was okay, the gatherings had been entertaining, and the men and women have been type, but I did not experience like I genuinely belonged. I realized I was intended for extra, as I taught evenings at the local local community higher education and located genuine enjoyment in the classroom ecosystem.

I always felt like I belonged a lot more as an educator, even from that initially teaching gig. Flashback to 2008–2009 when I was partly laid off from The Miami Herald. I believed all was lost, soon after over 15 decades of a journalism vocation. Then, a previous professor from Florida Intercontinental College contacted me to train a class at the school. Nervous, I took the leap, and I fell in appreciate with instructing. I’ll never overlook when the students, some more mature than me, introduced me a cake for my birthday and stated I helped them so a great deal with their instruction. I was floored, and I continued my adjunct teaching occupation, even if it intended performing nights and weekends following leaving the newsroom. I had located my contacting. But at that time, I was terrified to make the change and do it comprehensive-time. With an MS in Mass Communications and Journalism, I considered that was all I could do: compose journalistic stories. I never ever gave myself sufficient credit rating, at the time, as an educator. But, as the years went by, I taught at Miami-Dade Higher education and continued educating at Florida Global University — then, even College of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. In every single classroom, I achieved some astounding pupils and truly felt like I was building an genuine adjust.

Aurora Dominguez with a group of Florida Intercontinental University learners in 2018.

To locate the power inside of me to be a good educator and make a modify, I looked up to the fantastical stories of Marvel and DC superheroes. Wonder Girl, with her lasso of truth of the matter, was 1 that I seemed up to the most, and continue to do. Powerful, intense, and sincere, with a aim on the authentic effects of love, as I study comics by her and followed her story, it built me relate to her. I typically relevant to her perception that you have to like yourself, really like other individuals, and keep true to by yourself — as much as you can, at all instances. A single quote by her that I often appreciated and started off truly focusing on at the time was: “Because no make any difference how smaller an act of kindness or generosity or straightforward positivity you set out into the planet, it will make a big difference.” So, I resolved to make a alter, go away journalism complete-time, and throw myself whole-time into the classroom in 2015–2016. This classroom was at Boca Raton Community Significant Faculty. I have not seemed back again, and due to the fact then I have moved my writing profession to freelancing, which I also adore.

Aurora Dominguez in a Wonder Woman costume and a red face mask holding a birthday gift bag in her classroom at Boca Raton Community High Schoo
Aurora Dominguez in her classroom at Boca Raton Group Significant Faculty.

At 1st, I was exceptionally scared to acquire the leap, but to this working day, I carry that enthusiasm of superheroes and the classes they instruct into my own lectures. From Black Panther’s bravery in Wakanda, to the point that we need to not set up with toxic interactions and what we can master from them (Harley Quinn and The Joker), to empowerment when we all arrive together and battle for what is suitable (The Avengers), I make confident to include themes and prices into my classes in my AP and AICE Cambridge producing and investigate courses. To the level that, when students arrive into my classroom, they are surrounded by superheroes by themselves to remind them that they, as well, can be everyone that they want to be, if they just think in themselves.

Photo of Aurora in her classroom with superhero images on the wall in the background
Superheroes always play a portion in Aurora’s classroom decorations at Boca Higher, wherever she has been educating given that the 2015–2016 university year.

To this working day, I’m nevertheless at Boca Substantial. My college students adore my lessons and my cosplays, and they adore that I inform them that they, also, can find the energy within just to be whoever they would like to come to be. Like one particular of my pupils wrote this 12 months in a letter to me, following she was in my classroom for the duration of hybrid training in occasions of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Mrs. Dominguez, you are our superhero. Not all superheroes don capes.” Just to have them see me as somebody that they can appear up to, discover from, and confide in has helped me discover the superhero in me.

I sense so thankful, not only to my favored comic book people for giving me power to instruct and be myself, but also to all of people that have been heroes in my very own life. Like my partner, who always observed in me the truth and knew that I was meant to be content as a instructor.

Surprise Woman, thank you so much for building this quote actual in my each day lifetime: “I will combat for those people who can’t combat for themselves.” It is my responsibility, and my destiny, to serve some others in this capacity, and I’m content to be there for my 10th graders on a day by day foundation. All it took was a minimal belief, a minor power, and the thrust to be bigger than I believed I could at any time be. I’m content with the hero I have come to be and for the heroes my students develop into each and every working day, no matter the conditions that are thrown their way. I would not have it any other way, and I see the gentle even in the hardest times, realizing there is a spark inside of of me intended to inspire other people and make other individuals comprehend that they, too, can be a superhero.

Close up of Aurora dressed as Wonder Woman
Picture by Nabila Verushka: Aurora Dominguez as Ponder Lady.
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