ECV People: Preschool Teacher Artemisa Canedo

Dec. 13, 2013 / By

ECV People

 

Editor’s Note: This is the first of an occasional series of interviews with the everyday people who are the backbone of our community. We begin with Artemisa Canedo, who recently retired after 25 years with Campesinos Unidos Development Center in Coachella. She was as a preschool teacher for 15 years and preschool supervisor for 10 years.

Coachella Unincorporated recently interviewed Canedo about her long career as the first educator in the lives of many children in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Uninc

CU: Why did you choose this line of work?

Canedo: I chose this line of work because I loved working with kids. At three years old, they are like sponges and retain everything. The children surprised me each day for the last 25 years with how fast they remembered the lesson, which had just been taught the day before.

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Coachella Unincorporated is a Youth Media Startup in the East Coachella Valley, funded by the Building Healthy Communities Initiative of The California Endowment and operated by New America Media in San Francisco. The purpose of the project is to report on issues in the community that can bring about change. Coachella Unincorporated refers to the region youth journalists cover but also to the unincorporated communities of the Eastern Valley with the idea to “incorporate” the East Valley into the mainstream Coachella Valley mindset.