Trinidad Rodriquez

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Trinidad Rodriguez, author of ”Trini: My Life of Poems,” is the oldest of six daughters. Her father encouraged her to drop out of Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, during her freshman year, telling her she would soon marry and find a man who would support her. She, on the other hand, did not listen to her father’s words and graduated valedictorian in 1961. This is due to the support of a teacher who recognized her intelligence. She married at the age of 20 and finished her bachelor’s degree at Texas University El Paso. After a failed marriage and with three children to support, she completed her master’s degree at age 38. She went on to have a distinguished teaching career and is now a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in San Marcos, Texas, where she is still living a successful life of service to her community at the age of 73.

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