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 »

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 »

Black History Celebration Highlights School’s Cultural Diversity and Student Talent

In February the school hosted our Black History Month Festival themed The Importance of Education and Civic Engagement. Immigrant adult students, staff members and guests came together for the festivities. CEO Allison Kokkoros delivered welcome remarks that encouraged students to remain inspired by the heritage of Black History Month. She also commented on the diversity… Read more »

Accreditation: Ensuring Carlos Rosario School Quality and Sustainability

What is accreditation? Accreditation is a way to ensure that schools around the world maintain a certain standard of quality. Not every school is accredited, but when a school is accredited, it gives the institution a higher level of credibility. Through the Middles States Commission validation of applications are conducted by other education professionals who… Read more »

Bridging Communities

On a brisk and sunny Friday afternoon Luz walked a small group over to the African American Civil War Memorial in the U Street neighborhood to point out the names of Latino immigrants who fought alongside African Americans during the war. Luz was recently hired by the museum as part of a grant from the… Read more »