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Houston Schools Welcome Teachers From Mexico In International Exchange

The teachers say they’ve gained new skills and strategies through the exchange.

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Braeburn Elementary School teacher Eydsa La Paz
Braeburn Elementary School teacher Eydsa La Paz leads a reading lesson along with Araceli Garcia. Garcia is visiting Houston from Mexico as part of an international teacher exchange.

Ten teachers from Mexico are visiting Houston this week as part of an exchange program. 

Eydsa La Paz is giving a reading lesson to her fourth grade class at Braeburn Elementary. Twenty students sit cross-legged on the floor as they learn to identify story themes and make inferences.

La Paz works with Teach For America. The nonprofit recruits college graduates to teach in low-income communities.

This week, they’re hosting an international exchange program. La Paz is sharing her classroom with Araceli Garcia, a middle school teacher from Puebla, Mexico. Garcia says they both aim to motivate their low-income students.

She says (translated from Spanish), “If they have a problem, I want them to take charge and find a way to resolve it. They shouldn’t just stay there waiting for someone else to do it.”

La Paz says they have something else in common.

“We’re both aiming to create leaders within our classroom, not only teaching them content but teaching them about their surroundings so they can be very aware citizens,” she says.

Both teachers say they’ve gained new skills and strategies through the exchange.

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