Teacher Angkear grew up in a village with unpaved roads with her mother and two older sisters.
“I have no father,” she says. Angkear’s biological father left her family when she was a baby and has never supported her family. Even when he occasionally came to visit their home throughout her childhood, he would respond to her greetings with neglect. Despite the lack of care she received from her father, Angkear was motivated to succeed in her academics and always received top marks. In high school, it became harder for her to excel because she often had to sew till midnight to earn money for her family; however, she was able to attend university, where she found out about TASSEL.
Her mother was a primary school teacher and used her entire salary to pay the rent. She struggled to feed her family by waking up at 4 a.m. every morning to make snacks to sell at her school. Her sisters both had to stop school in the sixth grade so that they could support their family. Angkear’s family and its many sacrifices were the biggest motivations for Angkear to excel in her studies all through her life.
Angkear’s mother repeatedly comments on how grown up Angkear seems since she joined TASSEL one year ago. She tells her daughter that she is more mature and slow to anger.
TASSEL, to Angkear, is more than a job. She refers to TASSEL as "her second family," a group of people who inspire and love one another.
Reflecting upon her experience, she says, "Now I feel so warm. Since I started working at Tassel, I realize that my life has completely changed. I am loved and cared for by many people. In addition, I have the chance to help people who are very poor. Some of my poor students do not even have something to eat, and some children do not know their parents. Furthermore, most of them are really hopeless. I can feel how they feel about their situations. I know it will not be as easy as what I wish, but I still have hope and I will try my best to transfer my knowledge to them as much as I can."