Being a teacher means working long hours — it also means making kids feel like they belong.
Maricruz is the daughter of agricultural workers and a 3rd grade bilingual education teacher in the same school district she grew up in. She immigrated to the United States from Mexico at 7-years-old and found a home in Oregon. Maricruz was in community college when DACA was announced; the program’s rollout is what motivated her to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and her profession, and she first taught at a Head Start program for toddlers. She is now pursuing her Master’s so that she can continue to serve her community.