“Being a teen mother at 17, changed my life. I remember looking into my baby’s big blue eyes and I was determined he would have different parenting than I did. I didn’t want him to feel unloved or uneducated like I felt. So, I signed up for emotional intelligence classes and I signed up for a parenting class that I went to once a week for many years. And then I sent him off to Duke University where he will be a senior next year. I have three more children and all of those parenting and education skills trickled down to them as well. And, after getting my GED I also received my EMT and nursing licenses. And most recently I’ve become a licensed real estate agent.” Amanda Tafoya is a real estate agent in Taos, New Mexico.