Shantel Vigil Delgado
Shantel joins the Wonderers' classroom and finds that working with children speaks to her heart. Shantel has been teaching since she graduated in 2015. She is currently studying for her Associates' degree in Early Childhood with a focus on Infant and Toddler studies at CNM and Western NM University.
Shantel is family oriented, she says, and treasures moments with all her relatives together. She grew up in Santa Fe, where her family continues to convene at holidays to celebrate Mexican-American traditions, like making tamales on Christmas Eve. Shantel's hobbies are many, including reading, art, and writing. "One of my favorite things to do," she beams, "is dancing." She started dancing with NDI in the 4th grade and learned a variety of dance styles including jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop.
Sumi has many places she can call home. She grew up in Berkeley, California, where she has fond memories of her preschool. As a child, she spent summers on the big islands of Hawaii, where her grandparents lived year-round. She enjoyed many Japanese-American traditions there, such as dressing up for “Hinamatsuri,” or Girl’s Day, with traditional dresses and teacakes. Her family moved to Hawaii when she was in high school.
Sumi Adams ventured to Boston to attend Simmons College, where she majored in Studio Art with a minor in Early Childhood Studies.