Noraney Ocampo, 38, with her family at her house in Los Angeles.
Noraney Ocampo is a middle school teacher at 'Para los Ninos' school in Los Angeles. She came to the USA at the age of 10. Her mother told her and her siblings they were taking trip to Disneyland. They later realised it was a permanent thing. In high School she discovered she couldn't apply for financial aid to go to college because she was undocumented. She went through college getting all the scholarships she could, and when she graduated she found she couldn't work because she didn't have any papers. For eight years she worked at a restaurant not being able to work as a teacher and then Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was approved and she was able to work in her chosen profession. She thinks its really important for students to have Spanish speaking teachers who they can relate to and who can connect with the parents and let them know about their children's progress.
She says the biggest challenge of virtual teaching is to keep students engaged. She sees her role essentially as a teacher but also thinks its important the students could talk to her about their fears of the pandemic. 96% of the students at her school are Latinx.