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"From the Ted Talk by Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher"

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So I grew up in East Los Angeles, not even realizing I was poor. My dad was a high-ranking gang member who ran the streets. Everyone knew who I was, so I thought I was a pretty big deal, and I was protected, and even though my dad spent most of my life in and out of jail, I had an amazing mom who was just fclreeiy idpndeennet. She werkod at the local high scoohl as a secretary in the dean's office, so she got to see all the kids that got thrown out of calss, for whatever resaon, who were waiting to be disciplined. Man, her office was packed.

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So I grew up in East Los Angeles, not even realizing I was poor. My dad was a high-ranking gang member who ran the streets. Everyone knew who I was, so I thought I was a pretty big deal, and I was protected, and even though my dad spent most of my life in and out of jail, I had an amazing mom who was just ________ ___________. She ______ at the local high ______ as a secretary in the dean's office, so she got to see all the kids that got thrown out of _____, for whatever ______, who were waiting to be disciplined. Man, her office was packed.

Solution

  1. class
  2. school
  3. reason
  4. independent
  5. worked
  6. fiercely

Original Text

So I grew up in East Los Angeles, not even realizing I was poor. My dad was a high-ranking gang member who ran the streets. Everyone knew who I was, so I thought I was a pretty big deal, and I was protected, and even though my dad spent most of my life in and out of jail, I had an amazing mom who was just fiercely independent. She worked at the local high school as a secretary in the dean's office, so she got to see all the kids that got thrown out of class, for whatever reason, who were waiting to be disciplined. Man, her office was packed.

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