Meet Juan Carlos

It was the desire to share knowledge that attracted Juan Carlos Portillo to the field of education and ultimately to the Bilingual Teaching Assistant program of the Carlos Rosario School. The paraprofessional with E.L. Hayes Public Charter School proved hard work and determination can pay off. Becoming a full time teacher’s assistant is a step… Read more »

Meet Josue

Carlos Rosario School just helped prepare another student to become a U.S. citizen in November. Originally from El Salvador, Josue said becoming an American citizen feels like a dream come true! “Since I am in the U.S., I was determined to get my naturalization as soon as I could.” Josue is now a U.S. citizen… Read more »

Meet Almaz

Leaving Ethiopia was not an easy decision for Almaz Demise. She had a bright future as a trained pastry chef with two jobs, one in a cafe and one in a hotel, but reuniting her family took priority. She and her son left for Washington, DC in November 2017 to join her husband who immigrated… Read more »

A Remark From Nurse Aide Program Graduate Michael

Michael is a Nurse Aide program graduate and was one of 3 student speakers who delivered their remarks at June’s Carlos Rosario School graduation ceremony. He said: “This is just the beginning for all of us graduates; we have a lot to do in the future, and education and persistence are the key.” Good evening… Read more »

Meet Yowhannes, An Artist With Eagle Vision

Yowhannes, a student in the ESL Arts class of the Carlos Rosario School, has always been fascinated by how the world is represented in images through the eyes of others. Naturally, he was drawn to painting and immersed himself in this art from an early age. If you ask Yowhannes “When did you start drawing?,”… Read more »

Student Perspective: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Students at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus led the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Panel. The students discussed topics like education, language, cultural traditions and identity. Below is one of the presentations, “Education for the Indigenous Population in Ecuador” by Verónica Guaján. Education for the Indigenous Population in Ecuador In commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day I talked about… Read more »

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 »