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Madison Metropolitan School District

Leila Rodriguez

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

I will be attending MATC for two years and then transferring to UW-Madison for nursing that way I can use my PEOPLE scholarship!

Q: What advice do you have for incoming 9th grade students?

Enjoy yourself, have fun, but stay focused and resilient as you will face hardships and obstacles along the way. Never forget how much you can achieve if you apply yourself.

Q: Can you share about a teacher or staff person who impacted your MMSD journey?

Mr. Zappia always encouraged me to be the best and do my best work. He’s always there for you and will tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear. He supported me and his students when we were going through a tough time with the passing of one of our classmates, and even though he was hurting too, he put on a happy face, like everyday, and helped us through it. Mr. Zappia is one of the greatest teachers you could get and I hope everyone gets the pleasure of having him.

Q: Favorite quote?

Trust the process.