- Annemarie Small travelled to the US from Jamaica in 2007
- She wanted a better life for her son and family
- Small was hired by a private school that soon turned into her second home
A teacher from the US was lucky enough to have her students join her on the day she took her oath as a US citizen.
Annmarie Small moved to the country from Jamaica with her baby boy back in 2007.
According to Nbcnews, the educator wanted to give her family a brighter future and a better life.
On the day she arrived in the US, her students and fellow faculty members waited to receive her at the airport.
She arrived as a stranger but soon after, Small became part of a family.
The teacher bagged herself a job at a private school known as Cornerstone Learning Community which deals with learners from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
When her students learnt the teacher was slated to become a citizen of the great country, they flooded the courtroom and offered her support through the exercise.
The 42-year-old mom shed tears of joy as she could not believe her eyes.
“I use the term bag of emotions because that is exactly what it was. When everything was quiet after the ceremony and I went home, I cried,” the tutor said.
Small described the process as long but worth it as she was lucky enough to experience love from her big group of learners.
Her students were so many they could not all fit inside the courtroom, forcing some of them to stand outside.
“Even working with a master's degree in Jamaica I could not make ends meet, but here I am better able to support my family back home and myself and my son,” the teacher added.
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