Class Act: South Oak Cliff Senior Overcomes Obstacles, Aims to be Future Teacher

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DALLAS — Sometimes life’s circumstances can try to bring you down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rise above them. Well, that’s exactly why Martina Zuniga is our Class Act of the Week, brought to you by Time Warner Cable.

Martina is a senior at South Oak Cliff High, where she is the president of the school’s National Honors Society.

But her main passion is teaching. She’s an intern with the Future Teachers of America.

“Being there to help students achieve something, it’s indescribable.” said Martina, “Seeing them achieve something that some people think they wouldn’t be able to achieve.”

Through that organization, she is also helping collect water bottles to send to the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

Things aren’t always easy for Martina, who besides her huge aspirations, is also a mother to her young daughter, but she won’t let anything stand in the way of being her best.

“It’s very difficult, having a daughter, having to study and then I also work, so it’s a lot of stuff I have to balance,” she said, “But I want to achieve and go to my college and I want to achieve into being a teacher, but I’m also there for my daughter.”

And that desire comes straight from a teacher who picked her up when she was down.

“She was there through thick and thin in my life. My dad had gotten really sick, and I had to help sell tickets to be able to pay our rent in our apartments and it was very difficult, and she helped me.

“She would help me in my class work, she would help me sell tickets, she bought tickets from me and she was the one to inspire me to be a teacher.”

Well now it’s Martina’s turn to inspire.

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