Oscar Ramos teaches third grade at Sherwood Elementary School in Salinas. Many of his students are immigrants, children of migrant farmers who work long hours in the field, from sunup to sundown. They live in cramped apartments in neighborhoods plagued by gang violence. Many of them have never been to the beach, even though it’s only 20 minutes away.
Ramos can relate. His parents were also migrant workers who brought him to the United States at a young age.
In the face of his students’ struggles, Ramos gives them access to a world that often seems beyond their reach. He is proof that education can improve their lives and help secure their families’ futures.
But for one of his best students, Ramos' guidance and dedication might not be enough.
Jose Ansaldo is full of energy, smarts and potential. He excels in math despite having moved between seven different schools in three years before ending up in Ramos’ class at Sherwood Elementary several years ago.