Candace was born in El Paso and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She returned to El Paso at the age of sixteen to attend EPCC and later UTEP. She received a BA in art education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a MAE from Texas Tech University. She has taught art I, dual credit, and international baccalaureate art at El Dorado High School for 14 years. In 2016, Candace and her students received the honor of being the sole winners in the nation for a community service project that promoted environmentalism and art. This project, later called the It’s Your World Project, had community members collecting trash from the highway, cleaning/sorting it, then turning it into artwork. Local recycled art workshops were hosted in order to educate the public on environmental issues. A recycled art contest was also hosted, called Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure. Chelsea Clinton visited El Paso twice in order to help Candace and her students raise awareness about this project. The cleanups, workshops, and art contest have continued to grow and receive community support. As a result of this, Candace and other community members decided to start a non-profit, Green Hope Project, to continue these endeavors. Candace believes that large-scale, positive change is possible when like-minded individuals come together and take action.
Leonor is certified as a Health Coach with a passion for food, wellness and an immense respect for our environment. We are so excited that she is part of this cause. She has been waiting for the opportunity to help further our development as conscious citizens and fellow caretakers of the Earth. "Let's learn together!"
Zulema was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BFA including a concentration in graphic design and education. In the fall of 2006 she began teaching. She has taught art1, AP art studio 2d, AP art history, digital arts 1,2&3, UT onramps arts & entertainment technologies. Currently she is a digital arts teacher at Chapin high school in El Paso, Texas. It's an awareness of the damage being caused to our environment, combined with her passion for art and teaching that compels her to take part in this venture.
Darlene is a middle school teacher certified in Social Studies and Language Arts with 17 years of teaching experience. She graduated from UTSA with a degree in American Studies. Her personal interests are in history, social sciences and ecology. She is especially interested in assisting with curriculum and implementation of Metamorphosis on other campuses, districts and cities.
Verónica was born and raised in the border cities of Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas. She graduated with Honors from Brown University with a double concentration in Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies in 1998. Her Ethnic Studies thesis was entitled “Chicanas and Environmental Justice” and focused on fence line communities in Austin, Texas. After college, she did outreach for an environmental nonprofit in El Paso. She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and has been a lawyer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) since 2004 and has litigated cases in the areas of housing (rentals, real estate, fair housing), disaster assistance, environmental justice, and community development (including the case by Duranguito residents against the City’s sports arena). She represented the Ex-ASARCO Workers in challenging the copper smelter’s permit renewals and after the plant shut-down, in providing input for the remediation of the site. She also represented residents of the Montana Vista colonia in their challenge of El Paso Electric’s new power plant. She is currently the Group Coordinator for Community Preservation and Empowerment. She is a children’s book author and avid supporter of animal rights.
Cry is an artist working primarily with sculpture and illustration. They are passionate about the environment, LGBTQ rights, animal welfare, social justice and educating others in a way that is inclusive and considerate. Cry has been involved in the non-profit’s foundation since its beginnings with Metamorphosis- volunteering and assisting however and whenever possible, from the classroom to the museum. “Do what you can, from where you are” is something heavily ingrained in their approach to making the world a kinder, cleaner place.