Tabohra Ler. Photo courtesy of Dan Micciche.

Tabohra Ler, who graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 2019, just received her associate degree from Dallas Baptist University, where she studied nursing. And soon, she’ll be attending Baylor University to get her bachelor’s.

If her name sounds familiar, it’s because we wrote about her when she was a senior in our neighborhood.

Ler was born in the Mae La refugee camp on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Her family fled Myanmar to escape a military junta called The Generals, relocating to Thailand. They lived in the refugee camp until 2007, when they immigrated to the United States.

As a student, Ler struggled to read and write, and in fourth grade, her teacher held her back.

“I was devastated because I was leaving all the friends I had known since second grade,” she told The Advocate in 2019. “It was embarrassing. I felt like I failed. But it made me work harder.”

That she did. By the time she was a senior at Bryan Adams, she was a second-team all-district volleyball player and manager for the swim team. She also was involved in Destination Imagination, National Honor Society, yearbook and student council.

At her DBU graduation, Ler took a photo with Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche.

Tabohra Ler and Trustee Dan Micciche.