Seesawing between two cultures is a family tradition for
Yvette Fernandez. While her parents hail from Puerto Rico, she was born and raised in NYC, and has spent her life back and forth between the two nations - as have her daughters.
As Yvette grew up, language and cultural barriers proved challenging for her mother and father, so she wasn't allowed to visit other student's homes, go out with friends, or date. Luckily, she and her siblings found refuge at the library. To this day, she loves the smell of books! And while her younger years weren't the easiest, the experience helped spur her love of learning.
Her family returned to Puerto Rico after she graduated from high school, and Yvette hit the fast track to university, followed by law school. After meeting and marrying her husband - a client at the law firm where she worked - Yvette and her family (which included three daughters) relocated to Florida.
Yet again, it was time for two generations to readjust.
"When bringing my girls here I decided to abandon my profession and dedicate myself to being involved in their education," says Yvette. "My dream was that my girls would follow and become professional women just like my sisters and myself."