Throughout the year, the Carlos Rosario School introduces you to our Shining Stars. These distinguished students and alumni have a passion for learning. They have achieved success through hard work and a commitment to excellence, exemplifying the School’s values.
November’s Shining Star is Fatima Zeroual.
Fatima Zeroual came to the United States from Morocco in June 2005 and could hardly speak a word of English. While working at a fast-food restaurant, Fatima’s boss suggested she take English classes at the Carlos Rosario School. Fatima, who only knew how to get to her job and the grocery store, was thrilled to discover that the School was only one block from her house and offered all of its classes free of charge.
Fatima enrolled at Carlos Rosario in 2006 and studied English, vocabulary, computers, and citizenship over several years. Fatima explains, “I would finish my job and go straight to Carlos Rosario to study, meet friends, and learn. The staff was always ready to answer my questions.” Once Fatima gained the ability to communicate in English, she decided to give back to the School by volunteering twice a week as a teacher’s assistant in a Level 2 English class.
In 2008, the Carlos Rosario School awarded Fatima a scholarship to the University of the District of Columbia, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Fatima takes her accounting classes at night and on Saturdays, while working full-time as a bank teller at Bank of America. In October 2010, she achieved her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. Fatima expects to graduate from UDC in 2012 and believes her accounting degree will enable her to advance her career at Bank of America.
On October 13, Fatima returned to Carlos Rosario to lead a financial literacy workshop with her colleagues from Bank of America. She feels good about giving back to the School in this way, providing students with guidance on setting up bank accounts and obtaining loans and mortgages.
Fatima is so thankful she found the Carlos Rosario School. “When I came to the United States, I knew just ‘hi’ and ‘how are you?’ Before, I cried, but now I cry because I’m happy. Carlos Rosario is my second house. I found myself in this place.”