National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Natali Espino

Learn more about Breakthrough Behavior staff and their background as we celebrate and honor National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Natali Espino, M.A. BCBA | Soledad Clinic

What is your background and where is your family from?

I am proud to say I was born in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, where the monarch butterflies roost during the cool fall and winter months. My parents migrated to the golden state of California with an aspiration of creating a fruitful future for their family. It was through their commitment to thrive and provide for me and my three older siblings that I learned the meaning of hard work. I am the product of dedicated, driven, caring parents who continue to inspire me with their resilience and passion for life.

How is your Hispanic heritage important to you?

My parents ensured that our Mexican roots remained strong; Spanish was the main language spoken at home, and homemade tortillas, caldos de pollo and Mexican-style rice were a staple at family meals.

Who were your role models growing up?

As I’ve grown older, I have admired the obstacles my parents overcame during their first years in the United States, from learning a new language and finding employment to adjusting to a new culture. They are my role models and I very proud of them.

Why do you work in the behavior analysis field?

I have been in field of applied behavior analysis for a little more than a decade and continue to work in the field because I get to impact the lives of those I work with at a micro level. I work in south Monterey County with Latino families and it’s a joy when they find out I speak Spanish. We immediately connect and I see an ease come over them.

What advice would you give to other Hispanic Americans looking to start their career in this industry?

To other Latino Hispanic Americans looking to start a career in applied behavior analysis, I would say your most powerful tools are your culture, and your Spanish or other native languages. The families that we work with appreciate when they feel heard! Thank you for making a difference in our communities.