Angelica Del Rio did not believe she would ever make it to the United States much less be allowed to stay, graduate from college, and become a teacher. She was originally from Tijuana, Mexico although her family came to San Jose when she was only a year old. Although her father worked hard there were eight people living in a two bedroom apartment and it took four years before her family could purchase a home.
She began school the same year and her grades were good but she had problems when she was in middle school. In order to maintain straight A’s she started writing everything on paper so she could read and memorize the information. High school was better but taught her the difficulties of not being able to verbalize something in English that was grammatically correct. Her world shattered when she applied for college but was undocumented. Although she could not get a social security number she was able to attend college and pay the tuition on an in-state resident.
Angelica Del Rio attended college at San Jose State with scholarships and hard work. She was able to legally remain in the United States due to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals passed by President Obama. She wanted to help the kids in her neighborhood who were so much like her. She had heard about a school called Rocketship and decided to apply. She was hired as support staff and Rocketship was the reason she decided to become a teacher. She eventually became a substitute teacher and began to learn. She soon started teaching first grade and received a lot of support from Rocketship. She admits most people never though she could make it as a teacher but Rocketship gave her all the tools she needed to succeed. They encouraged her and kept telling her to work hard because she could get there. She is still growing as a teacher but Rocketship gave her what she desired, the ability to give back to the community she loves. Angelica Del Rio is a success story because someone cared enough to give her the help she needed.