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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Meet John Castillo

At age 17, John Castillo uprooted his life in El Salvador to follow his dream of obtaining higher education. “I had a dream to come to the U.S. to study in college in another language and to learn in a new culture,” he said. His family was already established in Washington, DC, and so in… Read more »

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Meet Patricia Rafagnin

Patricia first came to the U.S. from Brazil eight years ago with her husband. For the first six years in the country, she mostly stayed home with her two children. She had to rely on her husband to translate for her at her children’s medical appointments and at the grocery store. Then one day Patricia’s… Read more »

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Meet Zoila America Guardado

Zoila America Guardado came to the U.S. from her native El Salvador in early 2004. She moved here on her own and spoke very little English when she first arrived. She said, “You feel scared in a new culture especially when you don’t understand the language.” Soon after settling in, America got involved in an… Read more »