Barbara Perez

ESL Computer & Computer Basics Instructor

Barbara Perez is originally from Mexico. In 1985, she arrived in the United States and within a year met her husband. Her first job in the States was in a factory, working 6 days a week for more than 10 hours every day. The most challenging part of being an immigrant to the U.S. was that Barbara did not know any English. However, Barbara took on the challenge, went to school, learned English, had two children, and continued to work.

In August 1999, Barbara became a U.S. Citizen, which was one of the biggest steps in her life. Barbara’s first encounter with the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center was in 2002 when she came to the Center to continue her studies in English. By the end of the year, Barbara was offered a job at the Center as an ESL Computer instructor. Barbara left MCIF Center in 2004 for other job opportunities, but returned to her former position as ESL Computer Instructor in 2007. Currently, Barbara instructs ESL participants in computer-assisted learning and she teaches the Computer Literacy course at the Center.

Barbara has always believed in the importance of education since she was a child. She continuously enrolls in courses to further her education. She encourages her students to continue their education and reach their goals. Barbara believes, “Life won’t be easy, but it’s never impossible.” She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.