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This capstone focuses on a Latina learning English and asks the question: What is the lived experience of a high school Latina learning English in a rural community? Ibenez, Kuperminc, Jurkovic, and Perilla (2004) examined motivation among Latino adolescents and found academic competence and a sense of belonging affect language learner achievement. These researchers also found that there is a correlation between a parent's belief in the importance of education and the child's belief. The researcher of this study collected data by interviewing the participant, her father and one of her teachers. The data revealed that the participant and her parents greatly value education. She is academically competent and has a sense of belonging. The participant utilizes different identities in her daily life which help her meet her needs in different contexts.