It's Never Too Late!



After more than 20 years away from school, Katty is finally walking the stage to receive her high school diploma.

Katty first began her educational journey with FIELD as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student. While enrolled, her teacher Emily Zavala encouraged her to pursue her diploma, so she enrolled in EPIC de Cesar Chavez High School in Salinas Ca. She was 43 and had some more free time as her kids were in school, but maintained a rigorous schedule of ESL classes in the morning, EPIC High School classes in the afternoon, followed by work to support her daughters. 


She was also a main caretaker for her single brother’s 5 children, and raised his youngest son almost from birth. One day dropping off her ‘adopted’ son, she learned of the FIELD ESL program and decided to let go of her fears of it being too late and took the step to pursue her education. 


She is originally from Mexico City and the oldest of three children. She always enjoyed school, however due to family financial difficulties she was only able to finish middle school. At 18, Katty married her husband and both decided to move to the US. While Katty always loved school, her focus was raising her three daughters and making sure they received an education. 


The youngest is 21 studying Public Health, the second is 22, with a degree in criminology, and the eldest is 27, working and pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology.  

Katty shared that she was frightened and nervous, especially starting with zero credits, however is glad she challenged herself. She will be graduating this year, and is looking forward to crossing the stage with her high school diploma and the future that awaits her. 


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