Abby Teasley says she was “shell-shocked” when she and her family moved from Mexico to Grand Haven in 1999. She was 9.

Thrown into an unfamiliar environment and foreign to the English language, Teasley grew up in the migrant program in Ottawa County, a program established in 1966. Her father was an engineer, and though he and Teasley’s mother were already divorced, they strived to give their children a better opportunity in Grand Haven.

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