Photo: From Gangster's Daughter to Teacher: Watch Pearl Arredondo's Inspiring TED Talk
Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she’s creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it’s okay if sometimes homework isn’t the first thing on their minds.
Pearl Arredondo helped establish a pilot middle school that teaches students to be good communicators in the 21st century.
She is also featured in the short documentary film TEACHED Vol.1: “The Blame Game,” and is a role model for young Latinas seeking to make a difference in their communities.