A more personal view of their students is a benefit when teachers connect with Mexican schools, as a group of teachers from Hall County, Georgia have gone to an area where their students come from to visit and to teach.
Approximately 2000 Hall students are originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. The school district, faced with the need to recruit native Spanish speakers as teachers, is trying to create a “pipeline of talent.”
Teacher Tara Hammock had the experience of being in a Mexican classroom when a student from this past year came to visit. She was teaching in Guanajuato, and the child and his family took a taxi four hours to see her.
“That’s where they come from,” said the Myers Elementary School teacher. “It was incredible to see where they come from.”
Like many children in Hall County, the child is bilingual, but his mother only speaks Spanish.
The district has a goal to graduate 30 percent of their students with a bilingual diploma by 202o. To reach that goal, Superintendent Will Schofield says that it is necessary to find teachers who are “perfectly fluent and have the content knowledge.”