Guadalupe Sauceda-Knight

In the mid-1990s Guadalupe Sauceda-Knight emigrated from Sinaloa, Mexico to Ramona, California. She spoke very little English and knew very few people. As recounted by Guadalupe, "My life was just taking my son to school and back home." That all changed when a friend told her about the English as a Second Language class offered at the library. "The class gave me an outside life, a chance to meet people in Ramona and an opportunity to gain confidence."

Her proficiency in English enabled her to attend a U.S. Citizenship Class also offered at the library and on February 22, 2012 she took her oath to become a U.S. Citizen.

Ms. Sauceda-Knight is giving back to the community by teaching a Citizenship Class on Thursday evenings in the Homework Center at the library. "I just wanted to come and help my friends but I am in charge now!"