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Sonia Esperanza Pineda Story (SELAC President)
Sonia Esperanza Pineda was born in Chalatenango, El Salvador. She was raised by her mother along with four other brothers who had to start working in the fields at seven years old. Sonia began to help one of her brothers at age 12. She never went to school because it was, and still is today in many parts of Salvador, a tradition for girls not go to school. At 16, she became pregnant and never heard from her boyfriend again. His brother, who had entered the United States in 1999, helped her come over here, leaving her daughter  Lisbeth behind at three years old.

It was her only option if she wanted to give Lisbeht a better life.

In the United States Sonia began by cleaning houses. She learned to read and write in Spanish classes for adults in Richmond. In 2008 she moved to Marin County and continued her studies in English and Spanish at the Canal Community Alliance and Marin Community College. It was hard combining work with studying, but she is now at the highest level in English classes at Marin Community College. In a year or two Sonia hopes to return to school and start taking general classes at Marin Community College.

As for Lisbeth, she is a 9th grader at Terra Linda High School. When she came to the United States she couldn’t read and write in her own language because she was raised by her grandmother with the same old traditions as her ancestors. Lisbeth has a great desire to do well in school and gets lots of encouragement from her mom that has already been down the same road.

Sonia Esperanza Pineda is a spirited woman who is teaching her daughter that "it does not matter where we come from, but where we're going." She is also teaching her daughter that when someone makes fun of her because of her accent she needs to think that the wrong doing is on the teaser not on the learner.


Sonia also is president of the Advisory Committee of English Learners (SELAC) and an active participant in our school community. She is an example of tenacity and desire to learn and an inspiration to others.