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Meet ERICK

ERICK

My passion in life is teaching. I love teaching. When I am teaching, I forget everything around me. Thinking about teaching removes all the stress from me.

Ever since he was a little kid, Erick wanted to be a teacher.

Back in his native El Salvador, when he was in high school, he volunteered teaching elderly adults how to read and write in Spanish. Erick is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Carlos Rosario School Bilingual Paraeducator program. Recently, he was hired as a Bilingual Paraeducator at LaSalle Backus Education Campus. He is beginning to fulfill his childhood dream.

Meet Evett

Evett

I’m very proud of myself. I didn’t know that after 40 years out of school I would be able to do it. But I did it. My kids are proud of me and I’m proud that I made them proud.

Evett moved from Jamaica to the U.S. in 2015 to join her eldest daughter and grandson.

When she stepped through the airport doors in Washington, D.C., she thought, “This is it. My life can finally change.” At 15 Evett had to leave school to support her first daughter. Forty-one years later, at age 55, she enrolled in the GED program at the Carlos Rosario School. She was determined to earn her high school diploma and in 2018 she did it. “I’m very proud of myself. I didn’t know that after 40 years out of school I would be able to do it. But I did it. My kids are proud of me and I’m proud that I made them proud.”

Meet WILL

WILL

I am helping now six current students from the Culinary Arts program who are starting their own business. I do not need money from them but just want to help like others did for me.

Will is an alum who is passionate about giving back.

Will Ortez’s first started working in kitchens at the Tropico Inn Hotel in San Miguel, El Salvador, where he was Kitchen Administrator and supervised 35 employees. Since then, Will has wanted to create his own business.

Meet YESEWDEG

YESEWDEG

Learning English is one thing, knowing how to use the computer to write is another thing.

After 30 years of teaching in her home country of Ethiopia she did not give up, even once she moved to the U.S.

Yesewdeg Kassa’s entire life can be summarized in one word: teaching. In fact, teaching is a family affair. Her father was a teacher, one of her brothers and two of her sisters are teachers too. Yesewdeg is proud of having taught several generations of Ethiopians who now live around the world.

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