I was born March 1st in Fort Myers, Florida. I grew up in the small town called Charleston Park with a predominately African American population of approximately 100 people. I grew up in a single parent home with my mother and 11 siblings. I currently reside in Lehigh Acres, Florida with my husband and three children. I attended Lee County Public schools and graduated with my high school diploma.
My name is Larouna Pinckney-Maybin. I was known as a quiet shy student. I developed a love for the sport of Basketball, Track and Art. Nearing the end of my high school career I discovered I had no ambitions and no clue as to what I was going to do with my life. On the day of graduation I walked across the stage to receive my high school diploma and inconceivable to me a scholarship to attend college. There I was influence to think about education as a part of my future. As the school guidance counselor (Mrs. Saldaina) leaned in to embrace me with a hug she whispered in my ear; “I believe in you” as she handed me my scholarship. I didn’t know why or if she said this to every student that day but it meant something to me and it changed my life forever. I knew I wanted to be like her and return the favor of touching the lives of students.
Being born in raised in a large family by a single mother in Florida has taught me valuable life lessons. In life I don’t have much time for second chances or to get things right. Throughout life the nurturing environment and exposures that I have encountered with Christ, family, friends, and educational professionals have inspired me to become who I am today. These are the reasons that the life I have called my own has meaning. My favorite quote is that of my own which concludes: “It is not power that determines your future; it is faith that empowers your determination to become successful.” (L. Pinckney-Maybin)