During Women’s History Month, the Kern Sol Staff took a moment to highlight some of the influential Women in their lives. We are thankful to each woman that has impacted us in our personal or professional lives.
To each woman who has taken the time to sit with one of our reporters or connect us with someone, we appreciate you.
My oldest sisters, Brandee and Ashleigh, are the most influential women in my life. The support and love I’ve received from them all my life have really helped shape me into who I am today and the strength they have has shown me who I also want to be in the future.
My cousin Ariana is a very important woman in my life because of how strong she is! She never gives up no matter what life throws at her and motivates me to push through anything.
Leanne Castro has taught me a lot about what takes to be a good teacher. I have been learning from her this whole school year and have seen how much dedication she puts into being the teacher that her students need. I have learned many things from her but above all, I have learned that building good relationships with students is what makes a safe learning environment. South high school is very lucky to have a dedicated teacher who makes an impact on students’ lives every day.
The most influential woman in my life is my mom, Denise Rocha Carrillo. She’s my mentor in life
and professionally. My mom inspired me to be an educator after growing up and watching her
teach elementary schoolers. My mom has always been someone special to me, especially as I
enter adulthood. I plan on growing our relationship. She has taught me how to stay faithful with
hope, and to follow my passions. Before graduating from California State University Northridge
with her credentials in teaching, my mom got her first degree in Journalism. Thanks to her
knowledge I have been able to confidently navigate opportunities in my career, and most
importantly I feel supported and loved. Major teachings from my mom over the years include
finding self-love and a life-long partner who will uplift you, love you, and rejoice in your faith with
you. Also, she taught me to cherish my ancestors, visit family often, and work hard for what I
My mother is my best friend and role model. I feel so blessed and thankful to God to have had such an amazing woman lead me through life. From her, I have learned to be focused, strong, soft, loving, and kind. She has such a genuine heart and I couldn’t have asked for a better mother. She has made me the woman I am.
To our executive director
I (JaNell) have been working with Reyna Olaguez since I was 17 years old and am so thankful for her mentorship through these years. I have learned so much about writing and advocacy through her. Reyna continues to support me and every other person at South Kern Sol in using our voices and speaking about topics that impact us and our communities. Thank you, Reyna, for not only being our boss but an amazing role model. I am very thankful to be under your leadership.