Staff Profile: Karen Fierro

Karen Fierro

Please provide a short biography: 

I was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1995. My family lived in poverty for a few years before my parents decided to come to the US and raise money in order to build a house for us in Mexico. They left my brother and I behind with our grandparents and worked hard for two years to raise money.  


Before I turned 5 they came back and decided to take us with them back to the US in order to secure our education. My family and I immigrated illegally to the US when I was barley 5 years old and I started kindergarten at Daffodil Valley soon after we had settled down in Sumner. 

I have lived in the Sumner School District ever since and Sumner is now what I call home. I was placed in the ESL classes from the beginning which created a separation between my classmates and I until second grade when I successfully tested out of the program. Ever since, I have had to strive in order to meet my academic needs. I have been in honor classes since seventh grade and in my Junior year of high school I decided to take on the full IB diploma program which is one of the most rigorous high school courses around the world. I've now graduated in Sumner High School's Class of 2013 having successfully completed the full IB program. 

My roots in leadership were inspired by my week at La Cima as a delegate the summer before my Junior year. Before that summer I was not sure whether I was going to follow through with the full IB program because I was doubting my capabilities to keep up. After camp I was inspired to take on the challenge and be someone to be proud of. I was also inspired to start a latino club at my school in order to bring together the very small Hispanic community at Sumner High. I learned that community is important and so is becoming close to your roots. The club was a great success.

I received the ActSix scholarship to Whitworth University in Spokane, which is a full ride scholarship for leadership. In August I will be attending Whitworth as an intended political science major and spanish minor. My future goal is to give back to the people and bring the face of the people to the people by working with youth in urban settings possibly as a high school teacher.

What is your website or a website you recommend?

What is your favorite musician or band? Justin Timberlake

What book do you suggest every young person read? The Goose Girl

What do you think you do best? I'm good at speaking in front of people when it is something that I believe should be heard. Public speaking has not always been my strong point but its become easier as I take on more leadership positions.

What past decision do you cherish the most? I'm glad that I decided to speak up about being placed in a class that was not for me just because I had taken ESL before. I was placed in a class that was too slow for me so I went to the teacher and then to the principal in order to get placed in accelerated classes. I just wished I had done it sooner.

What is it like to work with La Cima? I love working with the La Cima staff because I can tell that they are passionate about helping out the delegates. During my experience as a delegate I felt that I could relate with everybody that had taken a leadership role especially the JC's. One is more interested in what is being said to them when they know that it is coming from someone who has felt the same before.