Written by Carina A. Brunson Friday, 31 May 2013 08:00
Dalia Aleman, La Joya Independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, barely remembers living with her family in a vehicle, but does remember when times were hard for her, putting herself through school and living on $600 a month.
She doesn’t hide this fact from her students either. Aleman says she shares her own life experiences with her students. She wants them to see her as human, that she is someone’s daughter, a sister and a mother. She shares her struggles and how she got to where she is at today – with hard work.
Aleman shares how she was a divorced mother of two putting herself through school and trying to make a living.
“I tell them I know what it is like to be poor, but I also tell them that what they choose to make of their lives is up to them,” said Aleman. She isn’t afraid to tell them she had a Lone Star Card and it is okay to get help when you need it, “As long as you use it to better your life.”