Meet Maribel Teyssier: Her English was put to the test — and it gave her power

Maybe it was an honest mistake, maybe not. But either way, it was the moment that Maribel Teyssier passed her English exam.

“I went to the supermarket and I pay my groceries with a bill of 50 bucks,” she says. “He gave me change for just 20. I got kind of angry because maybe he noticed that I didn’t know good English.”

She pointed out the mistake. The cashier apologized and gave her the right change. Her eyes twinkle when she recalls, “That was my first experience forcing me to speak up in English.”