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Nursery teacher, education orginiser, social worker, politician of social affairs She was born to gipsy parents in Kisvárda in 1956. Her parents gave her up for adoption within the family. She was a couple of years old when the family moved to Budapest in the hope of a better living. She lived in a poor but loving family as a child. She graduated from Imre Madach Secondary School, Budapest. She failed her entrance exam to college, therefore she took up flower arranging. A couple of years later she earned a degree as a nursery teacher, and then moved to Bátonyterenye with her family. Later on she earned degrees in education organisation, social work, social policy and rehabilitation business management. At the dawn of her career she was a primary school teacher and worked in community centres and she worked in several homa-care homes.She was the director of the first Homelodging in the country for seven years and then worked as the director of the old people’s home there between 1997-2002. In 1996 she was involved in founding the county association of Roma minority MPs, which she was the president of till 2002.In 2000, with her expert guidance, the Open School of Bátorterenye, an institution designed to educate and animate socially disadvantaged, primarily Roma children and youth outside the school, had been established,. There are open schools in Lucfalva and Mátraverebély affiliated to the headquarters.Between 2002-2004 she was the head of the State Secretariat for Roma Affairs as deputy state secretary. After it she worked with Katalin Gönczöl fot the social crime prevention. From 2004 to 2010 she was the manager of the County House of Opportunities in Nógrád. From 2009 onwards she has been a fellow in the Programme against Child Poverty at the Academy of Sciences. At present, she is the consultant manager of the Open School in Bátorterenye. Her examplary achievements have been acclaimed by a variety of awards (Roma Public Life Award, 1999; Tolerance Award, 2003; Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Award, 2012).She has three children and five grandchildren. She lives in Bátonyterenye with her third husban, Szilárd Szomora.