Meet Erick

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… Read more »

Meet Will

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. The Carlos Rosario School is the place where Will Ortez’s business, Casa Tequila Catering, took off. In 2003, he… Read more »

Meet Jose Molina

In 1990 Jose Molina had just finished high school when he left Honduras to join his mother and brothers in Washington, D.C. Two months after his arrival, he found his first job in the U.S. He was a busboy at the State Plaza Hotel. At that time, Jose barely spoke any English and faced a… Read more »

Meet Yesewdeg

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. “I love teaching. I… Read more »

Meet Maria

On any given weekday afternoon, Maria can be found leading a conversation circle, creating art or playing with preschoolers at a bilingual D.C. charter school. She works as an afterschool associate, tasked with taking care of the children and continuing their learning after the school day is over. “I love being with the kids, playing… Read more »

Meet Evett

Evett moved from Jamaica to the U.S. in 2015 to join her eldest daughter and grandson. After raising five children for decades, being in an empty house felt lonely. She wanted to reunite with her family. When Evett stepped through the airport doors in Washington, D.C., she thought, “This is it. My life can finally… Read more »

Meet Francisco

Francisco grew up in the small city of Zaragoza outside of San Salvador, El Salvador. He graduated high school, married, and was working at a soda company making deliveries when he decided he wanted more from life. He and his wife decided to join extended family in Washington, D.C. in search of a better life…. Read more »

Meet Our #GivingTuesday Scholars

Nicodeme Ekani, Future Doctor Nicodeme came to the U.S. from Cameroon in 2013 to pursue his educational dream. Since he was a young man, Nicodeme’s dream has been to become a doctor and help people. This Carlos Rosario School alum studied English and earned his high school diploma through programs at the school. In 2015… Read more »

A Letter from Vocabulary Student Erick

Erick is a Vocabulary student who wrote a letter to fellow students at the Carlos Rosario School. He said: “I wrote it because I wanted to show to the students that all is possible to achieve, it only depends on our desires to succeed in life.” Hi Carlos Rosario Family! My name is Erick. I… Read more »

Meet Spanish GED Student Josue

Josue went to school in his native El Salvador until 10th grade when getting an education became too dangerous. Violence between his school and a rival school even led to two classmates being chased by 25 other teens with knives, sticks and other weapons. After leaving school Josue took a job with the postal service… Read more »