Makini Velázquez has taught English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) in New York City, to students with special needs, for eight years. In 2012, she has transitioned to working as an English Language Learner Coach, providing instructional support to ESL and bilingual education teachers serving students with disabilities in grades K-12.
In 2012, during Spring Break, she visited Women's Rights NHP with her family. Her children were instantly captivated by the history of the struggle for women's rights in Seneca Falls and Makini thought it was a part of history that all students should have access to as well. Makini states, "If I can't bring students to the park, then I can bring the park to them." She adds, as Elizabeth Cady Stanton stated, "To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes."