"This other inmate doesn't know how to read, and I was reading for her and she likes it. And this other girl, she wants me to come back to teach but I told her that I cannot teach," she told KNXV.
The mother of seven finds comfort in the two things she holds most dear to her heart: family and faith.
Maldonado's daughter recently visited her in jail and the meeting was emotional for both.
"She couldn't even talk. She's crying and I'm like, 'Mija [my daughter], everything is going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine,'" Maldonado said. "I told my son, no matter what happens you need to go to church on Sundays. You need to do what is right and heavenly father will bless us. This is going to be ... something good is going to come from this"
The Associated Press contributed to this report.