Angie's journey to becoming a successful leader in education is a special one. She grew up in a low-income family. Going college was a completely unplanned event in her family. And it wasn't an easy decision for Angie herself, even after she received her Presidential Scholarship during her senior year. Her less fortunate peers wouldn't understand the golden opportunity lying ahead of Angie. Making money to support family was more of a necessity than a choice.
However, she was destined to become the first generation college kid, studying Mathematics major in Texas A&M. But the long and challenging road to become the first generation college "grad" just began. She was under probation in her freshman year. It was a result of lack of time management and guidance. Luckily a mentor, Angie's Mayan Math teacher, became her light tower. Angie claimed she wouldn't make it through to graduation if it wasn't her mentor. After Texas A&M, Angie went on to earn her master in Harvard. And now she is a proud principal in a community college.
In retrospective, Angie said the prestige scholarship received in the last year of her high school didn't simplify her decision pursuing higher education. It was more of a family decision than personal. Family's support, both mentally and emotionally, was a huge factor.