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Aura GOnzaleZ

Aura Gonzalez, wife and mother of five children, started working at age 10 in Guatemala selling coffee and tamales with her mother. At age 11, not only was she working in a grocery store in the afternoons but she also studied every morning. At age 14 she started working in a factory where she was a seamstress and learned to operate all the machines. At age 26, her biggest goal was to go to the United States to work with children in schools, get a house, and learn how to drive.

Aura always took her children to school and stayed during class periods to help teachers and become very involved in the parent center. When her children finished the school day, Aura also finished supporting the children. After a while, Aura was offered the position of teacher assistant where she taught the children how to read and write and she also played with them during recess. Although she only worked four hours, she stayed during the whole day as a volunteer when her children were in elementary, middle, and high school.

Between each school that Aura became involved in, she met Ruth the ECHO director at that time. Ruth had offered her work under the conditions that Aura went to school and got a degree. Aura attended the East Los Angeles Community College, took 40 units and managed to obtain her teacher’s associate's degree. Not only was she able to obtain her degree, but she also learned sign language and obtained a certificate as a typist. Aura hopes to be able to continue to work around children and learn more about their development to support them.

Aura Gonzalez, esposa y madre de cinco hijos, empezó a trabajar a los 10 años en Guatemala vendiendo café y tamales con su mama. A los 11 años, no solamente estaba trabajando en un abarrote en las tardes pero también estudiaba por la mañana. Ya a los 14 años empezó a trabajar en una fábrica donde cosía y aprendió a manejar todas las maquinas. A los 26 años, su gran meta era ir a los Estados Unidos para trabajar con ninos en las escuelas, obtener una casa, y aprender a manejar.

 

Aura siempre llevaba a sus hijos a la escuela y se quedaba durante las clases para ayudar a las maestras y involucrarse con el centro de padres. Cuando sus hijos terminaban el día escolar, Aura también terminaba de apoyar a los niños. Después de un tiempo, Aura fue ofrecida la posición de asistente de maestras donde les enseñaba a los niños a leer y escribir y jugaba con ellos durante el almuerzo. Aunque solo trabajaba cuatro horas, todavía se quedaba durante el dia como voluntaria cuando sus hijos estaban el la escuela primaria, secundaria, y la preparatoria.

 

Entre cada escuela que entro para apoyar en el centro de padres, Aura conoció a Ruth la directora de ECHO en ese entonces. Ruth le había ofrecido trabajo con las condiciones de que Aura vaya al colegio y obtenga su certificado. Aura atendió el colegio del Este de Los Angeles, tomo 40 unidades y logró obtener su título de asociado de maestra. No solamente obtiene su titulo, pero también aprendió el lenguaje de señas y obtuvo un certificado como mecanógrafa. Aura espera poder seguir alrederara por los niños y aprender más sobre su desarrollo para apoyarlos.


Aura Gonzalez, wife and mother of five children, started working at age 10 in Guatemala selling coffee and tamales with her mother. At age 11, not only was she working in a grocery store in the afternoons but she also studied every morning. At age 14 she started working in a factory where she was a seamstress and learned to operate all the machines. At age 26, her biggest goal was to go to the United States to work with children in schools, get a house, and learn how to drive.