Pride Month: Celebrating Equality, Freedom and Love

Equality, freedom, empowerment, love. These were some of the words students and staff chose to describe what Pride means to them during the 2018 Pride Lunch. The celebrations this past June at the Carlos Rosario School were a true showcase of those sentiments. For the seventh year, the School hosted its Pride Lunch, co-organized by… Read more »

All the Brightness of Asia and the Pacific Islands

This year’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Festival filled with ukeleles, fancy footwork, and ornate gowns was an unforgettable showcase of student talent and hard work. Preceding the festival, the video America Is in the Heart about the Filipino American experience which included a group of Carlos Rosario School students working in the classroom, set the festive tone…. Read more »

A Tasty Field Trip

On a sunny Wednesday in May the Carlos Rosario School communications team walked into the Baronessa Italian restaurant located in a strip mall in Rockville for an unusual and tasty field trip. Looking around, it seems like your typical suburban Italian place, you wouldn’t guess the restaurant recently earned a certification of excellence from TripAdvisor… Read more »

Staff Highlight: Tien Le, Employment Coordinator

When you watch Tien Le work, he does not seem to be overwhelmed by the weight of employment requests he gets from students. Tien is the Employment Coordinator at the Carlos Rosario School. He spends his days in his office at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus creating and implementing an employer outreach strategy and helping students… Read more »

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

  This year’s Asian Pacific Islander Festival, filled with ukeles, music, and ornate gowns, was an unforgettable showcase of student talent and hard work. The festival was emceed by ESL 8 student, Michael Cabrera, who for the first time in many years skillfully led the audience through the entire event as the sole emcee. Highlighting… 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 »

ESL Teacher Selected for Prestigious State Department Program

Carlos Rosario School ESL teacher Colleen Shaughnessy was recently selected for the prestigious English Language Specialist Program, a Department of State initiative that sends experts in English language education to lead intensive teacher training projects overseas. The assignments are challenging and the teachers who are chosen represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. The selection… Read more »

Coming Back After 27 Years

On a Tuesday afternoon in February of 2018, 1st Sgt. Hector Rivera stepped into a Carlos Rosario School classroom for the first time in more than 27 years. The school was different back then —a different name and a different location— but many of the faces remained the same, including that of the teacher who… Read more »