Mónica Isabel Estrella Basantes was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, South America, and moved to the United States 53 years ago. She has been a kindergarten and prekindergarten bilingual teacher for 41 years. She is a long-time member of the Diversity Advisory Board and has served for the last eight years. One of her goals is to be able to help create a Multicultural Community Center in the city of Beaverton.
“I enjoy being a volunteer because it gives me the sense of doing good and positive things for the community,” she said. “One can become the eyes and ears for the needs of the community and be the bridge connecting the government with the specific and clear subjects that need to be worked on. Besides all this, you get to meet such incredible people and learn so much about different cultures; it is simply an experience that you cannot forget and makes you feel so proud to be part of the community.”
She is a mother of two wonderful men and grandmother of five awesome granddaughters. She hopes to continue serving the community as much as possible.
Interested in volunteering? Attend the Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jun. 11 at the Beaverton City Library Main, 12375 SW 5th St.