Maribel Taboada, at the time of the interview, was the new principal of Melrose Park Elementary School. She had been a bilingual mathematics teacher for years before getting her Master’s and becoming management. She served as an assistant principal in Elk Grove, Illinois before becoming a principal in Melrose Park. She discusses her upbringing in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods in Chicago and the move her family made to a non-Hispanic area of the city. She describes her educational journey as a nontraditional student and how she secured an undergraduate and graduate education while raising a family. There is a discussion of the shift from the policies of the No Child Left Behind Act to the Common Core State Standards. Special emphasis is placed on Taboada’s insistence on maintaining her mother tongue and the culture and values of her Mexican parents. This interview was conducted as part of the 2015 Summer Research Opportunities Program at NIU.