Lester: Immigrant mom cheers daughter's selection as Illinois' top school counselor
from Daily Herald
Sitting next to one another on a couch at Rolling Meadows High School, guidance counselor Gabriela Medina and her mother, Balbina Hernandez, look like sisters. With just 17 years between them, they could be. Medina's selection as Illinois High School Counselor of the Year is the fulfillment of an "American dream" for the two women, after Hernandez put her own ambitions on hold and left Mexico as a teen to give her newborn daughter a better life.
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