I grew up in a working class family in San Francisco where my family depended on the single income of my public school teacher father, who is originally from Nicaragua.
At an early age, I was told by a teacher that I would not make it far in life. Struggling academically, I was placed in special education classes during elementary school where I began to believe that I was different and not as capable as other students. It went downhill from there. I felt like I was constantly being told how bad I was doing, and I believed these people. That is, until Juma came along.
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