Angela DeRocco grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University. She taught primary school children at private schools in Guadalajara, Mexico and Moravia, Costa Rica for several years. In 1995, she moved to San Diego, California where she taught second-grade bilingual students and worked as a reading specialist. She switched over to teaching adults English in 1996 and has been teaching at Chula Vista Adult School ever since.