She was teaching Spanish her whole life, but after she retired in 2009 she decided to follow her true passion and become a teacher of the Maya language. She says the easiest way to teach her students is by using songs they learn in primary school.
Professor Sosa didn’t learn Maya in her family; it came later in life, through her studies and work. She says her children don’t speak Maya very well and that they regret it – as does she
She emphasizes that in the past, there were many examples where women were not allowed to study by their parents. At the time it was common for parents to say that the wife has to be taken care of by her husband and that the woman’s role is to be a housewife. Florinda says that it took a lot of hard work to become a teacher.