Dareen has proven over and over again how dedicated and resilient she is when working hard to improve her education and the lives of her children.
Dareen’s family immigrated to Charlottesville as Syrian refugees in 2015. While caring for their family, including a disabled daughter, Dareen enrolled in classes at the Adult Learning Center to work towards obtaining her GED and then started studying and training to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Her LVCA tutor, Michael, helped her every step of the way.
In October she passed the final section of her GED and will soon receive her diploma. While COVID-19 did slow down her credentialing program for the CNA, it also proved just how valuable nurses are to our community, strengthening her commitment to the program. Dareen finished her clinical rounds and is now waiting to sit for her licensing exam.
She’s accomplished all of this while also serving as an important voice and advocate in our community for immigrant families and the educational needs of their children. You can often find Dareen quoted in local news reports about the importance of equitable education.
We are so proud of her commitment to her own education and the education of immigrant families in our community.