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Angelica Celis Soto believes in giving thanks. A 2002 graduate of the Dallas Can Academy Oak Cliff campus, Angelica recently submitted a heartfelt letter of gratitude to her past Dallas Can Academy teachers and counselors via the school’s website.

A teen mom at 16, Soto’s family life included an abusive alcoholic father and zero encouragement from family or friends to support her goal of graduating high school. She credits Dallas Can for changing her life, and in turn that of her daughter who is now focused on her own high school graduation.

“…those Dallas Can counselors were not giving up on me,” Soto writes. “Every excuse I gave them, they fixed it. They were so persistent in getting me back to school (following maternity leave) that I realized, wow, if they are willing to pay for a babysitter and accept no excuses, then I HAVE to go back…”

Soto not only graduated from Dallas Can, she went on to study nursing and attained her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2006, her Bachelors in Nursing in 2011, and her Masters Degree in Nursing in 2014. She now works as a successful Family Nurse practitioner in her Oak Cliff community.

Soto is passing along those Dallas Can lessons of encouragement and persistence to her own daughter who is now sixteen and a rising junior at the Science and Engineering School at Town View High School in Dallas. She has a passion for chemistry and recently attended a prestigious summer camp at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The note she wrote via the school’s website is below.

“Thank you so much. I wanted to take the time to thank you again for changing my life. I wanted to provide you with an update on the life changing impact that you had on my life. It has been 15 years since I graduated from Dallas Can Academy – Oak Cliff campus, you may not remember me, but I will never forget the support that you all provided me with, in those toughest days of my life. Thank you! Forever grateful, Angelica Soto, RNC-OB, MSN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics”

Letters such as Angelica Celis Soto’s are so uplifting and mean the world to us here at Dallas Can Academies,” said Richard Marquez, president and CEO of Texans Can Academies. “Angelica’s story of success and empowerment through her own grit and fueled by our encouragement and support is truly inspiring. She is someone our current and future students can look up to for hope and goal-setting. How very gracious of Ms. Soto to look back and thank those who encouraged her path to success.”


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