Flor went to Tarrant Literacy Coalition in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012 to get help studying for the GED® exam. Tarrant Literacy Coalition connects adult learners with local literacy services, and provides training and technical support to literacy tutors and volunteers.
Flor was determined to study for and pass the high school equivalency exam so that she could take the next step in her life and go to college. She previously enrolled in other GED programs, however none of them met her learning and language needs. Spanish is Flor’s native language, and although she had already learned to read, write, and speak English, she was still lacked confidence her abilities and she struggled in those other classes.
Flor was enrolled in Project BEST’s high school equivalency class. She attended classes two nights a week, and although she made progress, it wasn’t quick or easy. It was difficult for Flor to give it her all and provide all of her attention to preparing to take the GED—she is also a wife and a mother of three, and she worked full-time.
Flor watched as younger students enrolled in the class and graduated before she did. In time, she became discouraged and nearly quit attending classes. She worried that she would never pass the test. However, the executive director of Project BEST reminded Flor that she was not only a student in the class, she was a role model and a mentor to some of the younger students.
This encouraged Flor to continue attending class and making progress. She worked hard in class and studied at home, determined to pass the reading, writing, math, science, and social studies exams that make up the seven-hour GED test.
After several years of studying, Flor took the test and passed all five exams in one day!
Her graduation day was joyful, though Flor knew it was not the end of her journey, but the beginning. She always wanted to be a real estate agent to help others achieve their dreams of becoming homeowners. Flor enrolled in classes at Tarrant County College and began attending college while working full-time and continuing to raise her children with her husband. She also attended classes to improve her reading and writing skills knowing how essential those skills would be to her real-estate career.
Becoming a resident of the U.S. was the next step. Flor did not have that designation when she first enrolled in classes. In the spring of 2017, Flor received her permanent resident card, the first step to becoming a U.S. Citizen. She also completed her classes at Tarrant County College and enrolled in a short class to prepare her for state and national real estate exams. Once she passed those tests, Flor was accepted as a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty in Fort Worth, Texas. In January 2018, Flor was presented with the Fast Track Award as a new real estate agent.
Since joining Keller Williams, Flor has already helped many families find their dream homes. She is a very busy woman, active member of her church, and was recently appointed to the board of directors of Tarrant Literacy Coalition. Flor hopes to give back to the organization that did so much to help change her life. She loves telling her story to inspire others.
As Flor likes to tell other Project BEST students, if she can do it, they can, too!