Tessa John Guerra joined ASM in September 2020
What do you love about your job?
The impact my work has on students’ lives. The impact of the processes, rapport, listening, showing concern and care, allowing students to realize they are human and what they are going through is valid and understandable. There is a solution, there is a way out, this part of life is not permanent.
What is your biggest achievement at ASM to date?
Getting an ER doctor to speak to the entire US about COVID-19. In-person for grades 9 &10 and virtual for grades 11&12. When students hear from the experts, the impact is greater.
Choose three words to best describe your role?
Support, Impact, Process. For students to be able to get insights they need to go through a process. Reflective processes.
Why is speaking fluent Spanish important in your role?
It's important because many students feel more comfortable speaking in their native language. If I am able to speak the first language of most students here, I am able to connect with them at a deeper level.
What is on your wish list for your next few years here?
For our advisory curriculum to be more dynamic. Also, a feeling of greater inclusion, especially for new students. Everyone should feel a great sense of inclusion and belonging.
Who inspires you when you’re having a tough day?
Dr. Martin Luther King. He used to travel so much and be away from his family. When asked if he was lonely, he said he had a sense of cosmic companionship. Even though my family is not with me I feel a sense of companionship with them.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“The universe is conspiring in our favor” - Robin Sharma. It gives me hope. If something isn’t going well, but I keep on the path, doing what I have to do, it will eventually figure itself out. It has always been that way. Even though it may not be the outcome that I want, I see that it was beneficial.
What brings you to Spain?
I love this question. I had island fever. I needed a drastic change in my life. Madrid is that change.