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Students aren’t the only ones learning lessons at the Care Center: the staff is too. And the lessons they’re gleaning are as much about motherhood as education. In this segment, we hear the story of the school’s education director, Ana Rodriguez. A teen mom herself, she’s made helping other teen moms get an education her personal mission. However, she had to reflect on her role as both a mother and a teacher anew when her own daughter ended up getting pregnant as a teenager and attending the Care Center. From Ana’s story, we hear how poetry teacher Tzivia Gover had her own revelation about the teen mothers at the Care Center. From having thought that getting pregnant as a teenager was a kind of life catastrophe, Tzivia realized that for some of these girls, having a baby was their avenue to a better life, the motivation they needed to pursue an education.
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