The World As I See It | Alison Sanchez | TEDxUMiami

Alison Sanchez discusses her journey, leading up to teaching middle school in the heart of Liberty City, notoriously regarded as one of Miami’s most dangerous and impoverished neighborhoods. After an attempt to enter her students in a poetry contest, she is taken back by the reactions of her students and their desperate call for change within their community. As time passes, her placement school, along with its dedicated educators, have worked to transform the school culture to one of creativity and unlimited potential. Alison Sanchez was born in Miramar, Florida and later went on to earn her Bachelors in Science in Business Administration and Minor in Dance from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, Alison became a Teach for America Miami- Dade Corp Member and was placed at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center in the heart of Liberty City, one of the most impoverished areas of Miami. While there, she taught secondary English, served on the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, Parent-Teacher Association, and was recognized as one of the top 30% of Miami-Dade County Reading/ Language Arts Teachers. Since then, Alison has worked to bring greater awareness to the education inequality that exists right in our backyard and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Higher Education at the University of Miami and is the current Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Affairs & Student Organizations. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at