Trinbagonian – American: Shea McMayo

Shea McMayo

Shea McMayo, 32, was born to two Trinibagonian parents who “always instilled in me to be proud and strong of who I am no matter what people say because God specifically made me this way.  My parents and family would constantly share their struggles and challenges from Trinidad to America and even their pleasant times in Trinidad and America and hearing those stories just reminds me to push through my own challenges as my family was able to do it for us.”

McMayo’s professional life includes Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant, Dance Instructor, Free-lance Choreographer and was even a professional dancer with the Miami HEAT from 2008-2014 and says her most memorable moments were “witnessing and experiencing back- to- back championships and working with the orphanage children at the U. S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. We taught them a dance and in return, they taught us their national dance.  As a speech-language pathologist assistant (SLPA), hearing one of my clients vocalize a sound for the first time.”

It’s not called work if you love what you do. McMayo has a strong passion for dance and children and to work with them to enhance their lives in any way she can. “With my love for dance and my current career, I volunteered doing dance therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Spectrum Dance in Aventura, FL.”

“Just go for it.” she says for the new comers who want to join her field. “Sometimes things take several tries but you never know until you try. And even if you fail, that failure is still a lesson and may guide you to another route or passion that you may have never experienced if you did not fail.”

In terms of the future, Shea hopes to go to Trinidad and Tobago and “give back my services as a Speech-Language Pathologist as it is greatly needed. I would also like to continue to teach dance as dance is such a huge part of my life.  It has uplifted me through some of the toughest times in my life.”

So what makes her a proud Trinibagonian American? Her humorous, jovial, free-spirited personality. “I love carnival. As I like to say, I’ve got the best of both worlds.  Although, I grew up in the states, Trinidad & Tobago is always and will always be a home to me because it’s vibrant culture is embedded in me and that is exactly what makes me, me…I am a Trinidadian-Tobagonian-American!!!”

 

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