August 2020 Spotlight: Mantequilla Green
Our August Sister Spotlight is Mantequilla Green (pronounced: Mawn-tuh-key-uh). She was born in an East Texas town called Whitehouse on April 21, 1973 and is the is oldest of 3 children. Mantequilla was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was born along with an abdominal hernia, bladder leakage and hip displacement. Because she never gave up trying to walk, she eventually started walking at 18 months old while wearing a hip apparatus to correct the hip displacement. Since then, she has let nothing stop her!
Throughout her childhood, she had several additional surgeries. She loved school and was especially fond of reading and writing. After graduating high school in 1991, Mantequilla entered college at Tyler Junior College. The following year, she transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington. While studying Journalism, she was a reporter and writer for The Shorthorn, an award-winning college newspaper. She interviewed fascinating people such as Joe Clark, former principal of Eastside High School in Newark, New Jersey and the inspiration for the movie 'Lean on Me' starring Morgan Freeman. She also interviewed Jeanne White, the mother of Ryan White, the first person to die from AIDS from a blood transfusion in the United States. Mantequilla graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communications (Journalism) and Psychology, received a Master's in Educational Administration, and is a doctoral candidate at Concordia University-Texas.
I asked Mantequilla what she loves about our organization and here is what she said:
"I love the sisterhood of Every Heart. I have met and maintained some great friendships. It's nice to have a support system, especially since I live so far from most of the other members. I do appreciate connecting with sisters with like interests and learning about those sisters who have completely different interests and backgrounds. It's a great way to grow personally."
Mantequilla is the Academic Dean at Martin Middle School in the Austin Independent School District. In that role, she overseas curriculum, coaching of teachers, supervises Instructional Coaches, creates the master schedule for school, helps write the campus improvement plan, serves as testing coordinator for STAAR, completes campus walkthroughs, and Response to Intervention. She ensures the teachers are well-trained so student achievement increases.
She is passionate about a cause called Ragan's HOPE (Helping Other Parents Endure and Embrace the Future.) Ragan's HOPE assists families with ongoing medical conditions and/or terminal illness. Mantequilla says, "I have volunteered in many capacities including the Leadership team, Prayer team, Card team, Meal team and assisted with the Easter basket, Back-To-School and Thanksgiving drives."
In her spare time, she is also a Mary Kay consultant.
Thank you Mantequilla for sharing some of your story with us! We are honored to have you as a Heart Sister and we know your story will inspire others!