Woodland Teen Mom Overcomes Obstacles
When Maribel Zaragoza became a teenage mother at the age of 14, she decided her child would be her inspiration to further her education. In 2017, She began attending Cesar Chavez Community School in the Yolo County Office of Education and enrolled in the Yolo County Construction Program. At the worksite and in the classroom, she was a calm, thoughtful and influential leader, all while raising her daughter. In 2019, Maribel graduated with a fully accredited high school diploma at the age of 17. Cesar Chavez Community School principal Gayelynn Gerhart said Maribel was a “star” and unique because of what she’s had to overcome. “She’s right there in the top 5 percent of the kids I’ve known in thirty-plus years, by all means,” Gerhart said.