Meet Bernardo Heres

Culinary Arts graduate Bernardo Heres was born in Mexico City, Mexico. As a child, he grew up learning how to cook with his grandfather who would often teach him secret family recipes that Bernardo will later pass on to the next generation. Helping his grandpa in the kitchen fostered in him a love of cooking…. Read more »

Meet Ekene Paschal

Born and raised in Nigeria, Ekene Paschal’s journey has been exciting to say the least. Growing up with five siblings, he entered the United States with his uncle and his family in order to achieve a better life and future. Ekene’s fascination with computers and technology drew him close to the Carlos Rosario School. Ekene… Read more »

Meet Denis Mandamuna

Father (Fr.) Denis Mandamuna’s calling is to serve his community and inspire change in his surroundings. The Carlos Rosario School has helped him branch off to new experiences and has influenced him to change the world around him. As a young boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fr. Denis suffered the loss of his… Read more »

Meet Ruben

In 2005 after the pressures to join a local gang got too intense, Ruben’s mom helped him leave his home country of El Salvador and come to the U.S. He traveled alone at age 18 but met family members and childhood friends once he arrived in Washington, D.C. Ruben had been working as a busboy… Read more »

Meet Aqueline

Through the Carlos Rosario School registration process, Aqueline an ESL student from Brazil, learned an important lesson. Aqueline moved to the U.S. with her husband in November 2014. She soon realized that she didn’t have connections in the U.S. and in order to relate to others she needed to learn English. “I knew I needed… Read more »

Meet Geovanny Vicente Romero

Geovanny Vicente Romero is a graduate of the Carlos Rosario School’s ESL program. He started working as a paraeducator at the School in spring 2016. He wrote about his journey from being a government official in the Dominican Republic to working for fellow immigrants in Washington, D.C. I moved to Washington, D.C. in June 2015,… Read more »

Student Mario Romero

Meet Mario, 2016 Most Outstanding Adult Ed Student

Mario moved to the United States from Mexico in 1991, looking to support his family. At 20-years-old, he had just arrived in Washington, DC when he enrolled at the Carlos Rosario School. He took one semester of English, and got the basics of the language. Coming here, he says, “was difficult at first, I had… Read more »

Meet Julia

Julia left high school in her home country of Cameroon because her father didn’t have the money to send all of his eight children, and she wanted to be sure her brothers continued their education. She completed a Certified Nurse Aide training program knowing that the certificate was a quick way to a job where… Read more »

Meet Julio Rodriguez

Julio Rodriguez, a Carlos Rosario School graduate, keeps himself busy in the community. He is an active leader, providing workshops on substance abuse, facilitating classes about family relations, and serving as vice president of the literacy organization CENAES. In these positions, he is now helping to provide some of the services that he needed and… Read more »

Meet Brtukhan Habtom

When Brtukhan first came to the Carlos Rosario School in 2008 she started in Orientation A, an English literacy class where she learned basics like the English alphabet. Brtukhan, originally from Addis Abba the capitol of Ethiopia, studied in her country until 8th grade and then had to leave her education behind to care for… Read more »