Anrica Caldwell was born in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988 and has been a resident for 28 yrs. Anrica finished high school and college in Pittsburgh and has been an educator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 21 years.
During the past 8 years, Anrica has taught students with specific needs (emotional support) in grades 3-5 and 7-8. Anrica holds a M.A. in Special Education from Slippery Rock University, a M.A. in Reading from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Elementary Education.
After teaching in an urban school district for many years and seeing prior students, friends, and family members lose their lives to the penal system, she wanted to develop a sense of advocacy for those who couldn’t advocate for themselves, so Anrica began her fight by simply visiting, assisting, writing, and becoming a spokesperson for a specific family member who is currently serving a LIFE sentence plus 20 years for a non-violent drug offense, and serves as a mentor towards her students who have family members who are or have been incarcerated. Anrica has found appreciable rewards from teaching and mentoring and is currently finding significant rewards advocating for the “voiceless” that have been succumbed by the penal system.
Anrica generously volunteered her time to assist the CAN-DO Foundation as Supervisor of the Guardian Angel program – a herculean effort to pair over 40 Guardian Angels with almost 60 clemency applicants.