by Krystal Paco
Guam - He's a dancer, a musician, a Parkourist, a teacher, but best of all, 24-year-old Billy Navarrete is a dreamer. "I wanted to inspire kids to chase after their dreams and to know the importance of school," he said.
But telling his students to fulfill their dreams is not enough. For Navarrete, he leads by example.
Just last year, he chased his dream all the way to Miami, Florida and competed in NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Considered the "toughest challenge on earth" Navarette put his mental and physical strength to the test. Just shy of the final round, he placed an impressive 32 of 125.
He explained, "It was surreal. Just being out there and I just want to show kids if you really believe it you can achieve your dreams. If I can do it, you know, anyone can do it."
Admittingly a kid a heart, Navarrete say he can relate to his young students. For that reason, his fourth grade classroom is always lively, bustling with upbeat music and dance, including Zumba every Monday.
"A lot of times the students see school as its not very important but you've got to be patient and see where they're coming from. If you don't' understand their background, it'll be a lot more tough for you to actually engage them. So you want to make things relevant to their own lifestyle," he said.
Although he has the skills to headline in the circus, Navarrete says nothing is more rewarding than being a teacher where he hopes to set a positive example for each and every one of his students.
"I love the intrinsic rewards mainly. There's no ordinary moments. In teaching everything is usually spontaneous. Yes, I do have a routine that I do with my students every single day at the same time, every single day it's something different. There's always a special moment when a kid improves so much more than they did yesterday and the next day they'll improve so much more," he said.
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