Meet María Teresa, an inspiring immigrant.
María Teresa, from El Salvador, is simply extraordinary. She exemplifies the high motivation and dedication of so many immigrants to the U.S.
As the mother of four—with three sons at home and the oldest, a daughter, on a college scholarship—she obtained full-time employment with a local restaurant to support her family after her husband’s death from leukemia. Yet, María Teresa faithfully arrives at class two nights a week for three hours each night because she knows how important English proficiency is for herself and her family. In keeping with her giving spirit, she takes time to encourage her fellow students and help them become more at ease, earning the respect and admiration of ILI teachers and students alike.
Maria Teresa is one of the many students who the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) has helped over the years, thanks to our ability to offer free English classes.