Immokalee's mother and educator, Maria Segura, has been honored by national retailer, Dollar General Stores, as an "Every Day Hero" for her work with her family and the children of others at the Family Literacy Council Academy of Immokalee.
Segura, who came to Immokalee as a child, spoke only Spanish, worked in the farm fields along with her parents, found the Family Literacy Council which helped her earn a G.E.D., and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in education while also teaching as lead pre-school instructor at the Literacy Council Academy will be featured later this month in People Magazine and on the Oxygen television cable network.
Dollar General Stores discovered her when she was featured earlier this month in the Fort Myers News-Press' SWFL Parent & Child Magazine. Dollar General will honor Segura with a $10,000 donation to the Family Literacy Council.
“(Education) is my passion,” she told the News-Press. “This is my life, and I feel whole when I am in the classroom.”