Degree: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
College/School: School of Education and Human Development, College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Vicky Mir-Rodriguez has always been a go-getter. She is an author, business owner, full time student, volunteer, wife and proud mother of two.
Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Vicky learned the value of education at an early age. She was 11 years old when her parents founded AcadeMir Preschool. Growing up,Vicky would spend her spring, summer and holiday breaks at the school. Today, she spends her days at AcadeMir. Vicky and her husband own AcadeMir Preschool.
Vicky started as a journalism major at FIU and interned at NBC and Telemundo. She also volunteered for Radio Lollipop, the radio station based within Nicklaus Children's Hospital. That’s when she decided working with children was her calling and switched to FIU’s Early Childhood Education Program.
Vicky discovered a passion for writing while taking an emergent literacy course with professor Silvia La Villa. She credits La Villa and Professor Elizabeth Altare for teaching her to love the art of education. But her family is the impetus behind her determination to succeed. Her husband has supported her every step of her journey to becoming a published author and college graduate. Vicky says her degree is a testament to her daughters, showing them that they never have to settle for anything less than what they dream to be.
After graduation, Vicky wants to pursue two master’s degrees — one from FIU in curriculum and instruction and the other from Harvard’s School of Extended Studies in journalism.
By Ayleen Barbel Fattal
College of Arts, Sciences & Education