Whether it’s an organization or the classroom – Latinos will ask the question, who else “looks like me?” Or “who else shares my background and experiences?” I often asked the question during my academic and professional career. In either case, a lack of representation, particularly for Latinos in the classroom means a lot. It communicates the message, “Hey, I made it so can you.” Point of the article here about super teacher, Alicia Garcia:
“I share that with my students. I’m very open with them,” Garcia said. “I don’t take any excuses, and I always use myself as an example. I hope that will influence and encourage them.”
Garcia and several other teachers said they share their personal triumphs with students in an effort to show students they get it. They know what it’s like to struggle at a young age and to come out successful.