My name is AJ Romero and this will be my first year at Smith. I am twenty-three years young. I was born and raised in the heart of Denver, Colorado. I am a student at the University of Northern Colorado pursuing my masters in Coaching and Sports Administration where I also received my B.A. in Sociology. I have had the pleasure of working with children and young adults of all ages for many years. Throughout this time, I have gained a passion to teach, coach, and inspire the youth within our communities. I love teaching, coaching, and being able to make a difference in the lives of youth. Outside of Smith, I work at John F. Kennedy High School as the JV coach/Assistant Varsity Girl's Basketball coach. I strongly believe that it is our job to set positive examples for our youth, so that they can reach their fullest potential inside and outside of the classroom!!
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Timo Cruz