Hilda and I sat in her small office and conducted our mid-year site visit meeting. After our site meeting I observed two classes – Information Technologies and Reading & Grammar. After class, I asked the school’s newest teacher, Oscar Sinaj Coti, if he would tell me about his experience at the school. Oscar lives in the neighborhood and always admired the work happening at Comunidad La Esperanza.
“I prayed for two years that they would accept me as a teacher,” Oscar remembers. “I’ve always wanted to work with kids, and I’m now studying for a teaching degree. I decided to volunteer to teach music here to get my foot in the door. Then the position to teach information technologies opened up, and Hilda gave me the opportunity. I’m a little younger than a lot of the other teachers, and I’m very good with tech. I know how important it is for our students to be good with computers not only to continue in their studies but also professionally. I like feeling that this is my little grain of support for their future.
I appreciate CLE because my sister and I studied in a similar facility on scholarship when we were kids. I know how important it was for us to be guided, to be encouraged to be curious and be a better person. We were able to make something of ourselves. I hope I am doing that for the kids at CLE.”