Trini, oldest of six daughters was encouraged by her father to quit school her freshman year at Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, told she would soon marry and a man who would support her. Encouraged by a teacher that recognized her intelligence, she graduated valedictorian in 1961. Married at age 20 she completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas University El Paso. After a failed marriage and with three children to support, she completed her master’s degree at age 38. She went on to have a distinguished teaching career and is now a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in San Marcos, Texas. She continues a successful life of service to her community at the age of 73.