“I think the work of transforming education starts with the mind. Children need to feel empowered to think that they can move up, to think that they can achieve their dreams.” – Flor Yabar, EnseñaPerú
Flor Yabar was among a group of teachers from six Teach For All partner organizations who visited classrooms in San Antonio, Texas as part of the network’s Spanish Speaking Transformational Teaching Fellowship in September. In addition to EnseñaPerú, participants from Enseña por Colombia, Enseña por Argentina, Empieza por Educar (Spain), EnseñaChile and Teach For America gathered in San Antonio to observe and reflect on the city’s education reform efforts in its public and charter schools, many of which are led by Teach For America corps members and alumni.
The San Antonio Express chronicled the fellows’ visit to Pershing Elementary, where Flor and her colleagues shared the stories of their own classrooms with the school’s students, the majority of whom are Latin American.
“It’s very powerful to see a whole city invested in closing the education gap,” said Pia Matta of Teach For All’s Classroom Leadership team. “For these fellows, we want them to reflect deeply on their future so they can continue on a transformational path.”