Veronica Torres received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and her Masters in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico, Veronica began her career in public education in 1998. As a K-12 certified teacher, she taught 6th grade with Santa Fe Public Schools for one year, 6th and 7th grade English and Social Studies with Albuquerque Public Schools for two years, and 6th grade English and Flamenco Dance to all grades at The Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) for 9 years. At PAPA, she Co-Chaired the English and Dance Departments. There, she also founded their Flamenco Arts program, utilizing the National Institute of Flamenco’s (NIF) methodology for teaching titled, “The Trilateral Approach.” In addition to her career in education, Ms. Torres was a member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company beginning as a company member in 1999 and ending her career in 2014 as a soloist member. In 2009, she worked with NIF to become co-founder of Tierra Adentro of New Mexico Charter School. At that time, she attended New Mexico Highlands University where she obtained her School Administration Certification. She currently serves as Co-Director of Tierra Adentro of New Mexico.
Beginning in 2018, Veronica began her journey in experiencing and receiving holistic modalities to include in her wellness plan. Being inspired by her experiences, she began studying holistic modalities and energy work under Mary Baca, CWK, CCTP, LPCC and Licensed Counselor in the State of New Mexico. Veronica has completed her Certification as an Intuitive Guidance Coach, Certification as a Quantum Alignment Practitioner (a holistic modality that incorporates several modalities in one), Certification as a Reiki 1 & II Practitioner, and has received her Certification as a First Responder Specialist. Being a family member of many first responders and veterans, as well as being an experienced educator and artist, Veronica has a passion for helping these communities and their families. Her hope is to continue her studies and to bring awareness to the mental and physical occupational hazards involved in this line of work to bring healing to their community and their families. In 2020, Veronica joined the Teams for Allies for First Responders and Resilience Integrative Services. She has started assisting with mentoring and training for Shifting Perspectives Training Institute in 2021. Veronica is also starting her Trauma-Informed Somatic Psychology Life-Coaching Certification through Odyssey Counseling which she will complete in July 2022.