TUSD spending $550,000 to recruit minority teachers

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 19:01:48 UTC 2008

TUSD spending $550,000 to recruit minority teachers

After stipends are established, TUSD plans to use the money to offer
incentives to highly qualified and minority teachers
Marivel Roybal speaks the same language her Hispanic first-graders
hear at home, which she says instantly creates a bond between them.

Roybal, who teaches at Ochoa Elementary School, 101 W. 25th St., helps
her students transition from home to school with comfort, she said.
Instead of being told to "leave your culture at home," students should
feel encouraged to be themselves in the classroom, she said.

And sometimes, speaking the language they feel familiar with dissolves
their fears, she said.

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