Anrica Caldwell was born in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988 and has been a resident for 30 yrs. Anrica finished high school and college in Pittsburgh and has been an educator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 23 years.
During the past 10 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 received clemency from President Obama who reduced his life sentence to 30 years for a non-violent drug offense. This was not enough so Anrica continued to advocate for her loved one, who received time served when a second clemency petition was granted by President Trump. It is extremely rare for anyone to receive clemency from two different Presidents.
She 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.