Nightly News | January 28, 2013
>>> time now for our "making a difference" report. a woman who started life in the humblest circumstances, then went on to become a successful educator. she is now back among the folks she grew up with. giving them a chance to connect with a wider world and making a difference along the way. nbc's kerry sanders has her story.
>> that's good.
>> reporter: it's from hard work.
>> i was about 6.
>> reporter: the daughter of migrant farm workers, she traveled the harvest from florida to upstate, new york. invisible, she says, until a family wanted to use a rest room or eat.
>> very, very few times we were allowed to even go inside of a restaurant and buy takeout food , because we were black.
>> reporter: that didn't make her bitter. rather, determined. your dad finished what grade?
>> about third grade.
>> reporter: and your mom?
>> reporter: and you?
>> i went to college, got a master's degree.
>> reporter: a degree, a 50-year career as a teacher and now at 76 years old, on her brilliant bus.
>> doing a great job.
>> reporter: her personal crusade to make sure those who are invisible, just like she was, are not. with $900,000, her pension and her entire life savings, she is has bank rolled a rolling wire classroom.
>> this bus is a class?
>> reporter: a bus.
>> what does it start with?
>> reporter: that levels the playing field .
>> you've got to find it.
>> reporter: that so-called digital divide between those who have --
>> kobi, do you have a computer at home?
>> reporter: and those who do not. erased by one woman.
>> how far away from the little girl picking beans is this?
>> way out.
>> she did not forget where she came from. she did not forget to reach back and give somebody a hand up.
>> where is s?
>> reporter: a brilliant idea.
>> i'm excited to get on the bus, because it was really, really great.
>> finding the invisible.
>> you did a good job.
>> reporter: one stop at a time. kerry sanders , nbc news, rivera beach, florida.