Maya Rengifo – Mustangs Ahead 

Photo: Lexi McComas
LRHS business teacher Sharelies Rodriguez takes pride in her heritage

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Hispanic Heritage Month will conclude on Friday, Oct. 15. 

This time period may come to an end, but LRHS continues to uplift and honor its Hispanic staff who contribute to its academic success. This includes business teacher Sharelies Rodriguez, who gives important technological life skills to Mustangs. 

Mustangs Ahead (MA): What is your background culturally and regarding LRHS? 

Sharelies Rodriguez (SR): I have been a business teacher at LRHS since August 2016. I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida in 2006. 

MA: How do you honor your heritage? 

SR: I honor my heritage all the time by working hard and trying to make a difference. 

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MA: What does it mean to you to be of Hispanic heritage? 

SR: I am very proud of being Hispanic because the Hispanic community has a beautiful history, and it was not easy to get to where we are today.    

MA: What do you believe we can do to more appropriately honor Hispanic contribution within the U.S.? 

SR: I feel the best way to honor the Hispanic community contributions to the United States is by respecting and acknowledging our differences and not just celebrating one month, it will mean so much more.