More than just a cleaning lady

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March. 14, 2017—Teresa Clarke, 66, of Lynn, a town outside Boston, sits in a MBTA green line B train to Boston University Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.  Teresa works as a cleaning lady in the Warren Towers, Boston University’s student dorm buildings. “I’ve been working in the Warren Towers for around 15 years and I take the 426 bus every weekday at 5 a.m. to Haymarket and then take the train to BU,” Teresa said. Photo by Shijie Ye.

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March. 14, 2017—Teresa Clarke, 66, of Lynn, a town outside Boston, looks at photos of her family in her facility room on the 8th floor of the Warren A Tower, a Boston University’s student dorm building, early Tuesday morning. “My Dad passed away 5 years ago, and after that my Mom has been living with my brother in New York City,” Teresa said. Teresa and her family are originally from El Salvador, a Central America country, and immigrated to the United States 28 years ago. “God takes care of my family and thanks to that, my Mom is still healthy,” Teresa said. As a Christian, she said she prays everyday. Photo by Shijie Ye.

Clean lady-4 March. 14, 2017—Teresa Clarke, 66, of Lynn, a town outside Boston, collects trashes in the Warren A Tower, a Boston University’s student dorm building. She said she has been working as a cleaning lady for 15 years and will retire this coming July. “The reason why I came to work here is for my daughter,” Teresa said. She said her daughter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from BU five years ago. “I work here so the school only charges my daughter 10% of the tuition,” Teresa said. Photo by Shijie Ye.

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March. 14, 2017—Teresa Clarke, 66, left, of Lynn, a town outside Boston, chats with her colleague before their work which starts at 7 a.m. in a facility break room in Warren C Tower, a Boston University’s student dorm building, early Tuesday morning. “I like working in BU dorm because my friends here are nice,” Teresa said. She said she has been working in BU for around 15 years and will retire this coming July.  Photo by Shijie Ye.

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March. 14, 2017—Teresa Clarke, 66, of Lynn, a town outside Boston, eats her breakfast before her work that starts at 7 a.m. in a facility break room in Warren C Tower, a Boston University’s student dorm building, early Tuesday morning. Teresa works as a cleaning lady in the Warren Towers and has been working here for around 15 years, according to her. “I usually just drink a cup of coffee and eat an apple,” Teresa said. “I work about 9 hours a day.” Photo by Shijie Ye.

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