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Yareliz Colon-Bonilla: Student Employee of the Month (December 2022)

Yareliz wearing a yellow sweater, standing in front of a gazebo.

The FSDB Career Development Department selects a Student Employee of the Month each month. Students in the after-school campus work program will be chosen based on their excellent work ethic in their respective paid positions on campus after school.

For December, we are recognizing Yareliz Colon-Bonilla, a junior in the Deaf Department who works as a D&B Designs Associate. Here is what her supervisor, Liliana Betancourt, had to say about Yareliz:

Yareliz started working for D&B Designs as an associate this semester, but it seems she has been here forever. Yareliz brings a lot of experience from taking Promotion Enterprise class in the past. She is very enthusiastic about doing the required work, has excellent customer service skills, and provides support for other workers when in need. In other words, she has an outstanding work ethics that will carry on in her future. I can say without a doubt that I am are delighted to have Yareliz as part of D&B Designs after schoolwork team.


Employee Spotlight Interview with Yareliz

Why did you want to work for D&B Designs?

I wanted to work in D&B designs because I wanted D&B Designs to be my first job experience. I took classes, so I wanted to apply my experience to the job. I love making shirts, mugs and many other items. I also love communicating with customers.

How do you balance your career and education?

I take a lot of elective classes, so because of that, I have more free time. I use my free time to do my homework in school. When I finish work, I get home and focus on getting ready for the next day.

What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?

If you want to achieve your dreams, work for it. Don't sit around. Work hard for it.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Honestly, there are not any challenges. I love my job.

What do you like most about your job?

I like working with a team because I find that it is much easier and if I need help with something, I can ask my team. They can ask me too. We help each other.

What are your plans after FSDB?

I plan to attend RIT. I'm not sure of my major just yet, but my goal is to attend RIT.

If you could choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Caesar salad because I want to stay healthy!

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would like to meet Michael Jackson because I love his dances.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose and why?

I would love to fly because I could travel all around the world.


About the After School Campus Work Program

The FSDB After School Campus Work Program provides additional Career Development opportunities to FSDB students (16+) through a structured campus work program delivered outside the academic day. Students 16 years of age or older will have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions. Students go through a competitive hiring process. They review job postings that include a detailed job description, essential functions, and qualifications.


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at For more information, visit


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