‘Not for the Fainthearted’: Highline Schools Held up as Model for Training Bilingual Teachers

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Media Outlet: The Seattle Times

Amaya Garcia's report on building a bilingual teaching workforce in Highline Public Schools was featured by the Seattle Times:

After five years of working at Bailey Gatzert Elementary in Seattle, Jonathan Ruiz Velasco realized he might want to become a teacher.

He had been working as a bilingual instructional aide at the Central District school, helping students who were learning English. He also translated, when needed, for their families. And while he knew he loved working with children, he had some hesitation about becoming a teacher.

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Amaya Garcia is deputy director for English learner education in the Education Policy program at New America where she provides research and analysis on policies and programs related to bilingual teacher preparation and career pathways, bilingual education, English language proficiency and early education.