Yizel Romero Octaviano
Yizel Romero Octaviano is a student in Briya’s Advanced II class. She was born in Mexico, and came to the United States in 2000. While pregnant with her first child, Yizel began a program at The Family Place; the teachers there encouraged her to enroll in the classes at Briya after her baby was born because it offered more advanced English classes. But when Yizel’s son was born he was very sick, spending many months in the hospital. The hospital provided Spanish translators for Yizel, but she wanted to be able to speak to the doctors and advocate for her son on her own. She enrolled in Briya, where she has now been a student for six years. She works at Angelico’s Pizza, participates in her children’s school events, and speaks to teachers and therapists in English just as she dreamed she would. She is currently on track to earn her high school diploma, and her long-term goal is to enter into the Medical Assistant Program. Yizel became a Board member in 2013, and sits on the Academic Committee.