Ariz. woman named one of America's Most Inspirational Moms

A valley mom had a lot to celebrate this Mother's Day. Angela Becker has been named one of America's Most Inspirational Moms, but the road to get there wasn't an easy one.

"Simply put, Angela Becker an amazing woman. She inspires her friends, parents, students, husband and most importantly, her children," said Chad Becker, Angela's husband.

It was just a few months ago that Angela Becker's husband put his thoughts into words.

"We became high school sweethearts and married at 18," said Chad Becker.

It was an essay application for a full-ride scholarship, an opportunity for his wife to finally take her turn.

"As you're writing it and then you go and read it over again, and you realize this really is an amazing story. She really has a chance to do this," said Chad Becker.

Just one year after their wedding, Angela and Chad's son was born. A year after that, they welcomed a daughter.

By 24-years-old, Angela was working three jobs to help put her husband through college. In the meantime, she battled multiple sclerosis and her plans to teach were put on hold indefinitely, until that essay was written.

"Then I got a phone call that I was one of the recipients," said Angela Becker.

She learned that she was one of five women honored nationwide to be named one of America's Most Inspirational Moms by the Boys and Girls Club.

The title includes a full scholarship to the University of Phoenix.

"We would have financed that as well. We are still paying my husband's and then our son is heading to ASU in August and then our daughter is 15, so that would have been four people to pay for, so it's kind of nice that one of them has been. We've been blessed to have one taken care of," said Angela Becker.

Becker works in a high school. Her goal is to pursue a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.

She says the life lessons she has learned will no doubt help in the classroom.

"Just being that mom, experiencing everything, the highs, the lows, education, sports," said Angela Becker.  

"She's inspired through her dedication of helping others," said Chad Becker.

It's that dedication that inspired her husband to put his feelings on paper, the same dedication that will most likely motivate other moms.

"You don't have to be 20 or 30, you can be 39, it's no big deal," said Angela Becker.
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