Llorente Gonzalez first came to
Middlesex she had no idea what to
home away from home.
Cancun, Mexico, Llorente Gonzalez discovered
a passion for helping others early. While
she was in high school, she volunteered at
a local horse therapy farm for people with
disabilities, working mostly with people with
Down syndrome. She also wrote a research
paper about the positive impact horse therapy
has on children with Down syndrome.
education," she said. "But after graduation,
took a year off to explore my options."
to work as an au pair. After completing
her contract, she wanted to continue her
education, so she stayed living with a host
family in Concord.
that Middlesex was close to where we lived,
so I decided to apply to see where it would
take me." In the fall of 2014, she enrolled in
MCC's Early Childhood Education Program.
Gonzalez immediately connected with
students in the Inclusive Concurrent
opportunity for high school students with
severe intellectual disabilities.
at a campus-wide event, she noticed a
student with a disability waiting too, so she
invited him to join her. An educational coach
saw this interaction, told Llorente Gonzalez
about the ICE Program, and asked if she'd like
to get involved. She immediately responded,
"Yes! Where do I go?"
Mentor for ICE.
similar roles as other peer mentors on