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Norwalk-La Mirada Dual Language Teacher uses Challenges to Inspire Bilingual Students

 “I felt like I was starting from zero – I couldn’t communicate, I felt lost and it was such a hard time for me that I was discouraged,” Salguero said. “But I had a dream to become someone to make a difference in my community.”

Salguero started taking Spanish classes in high school and aspired to work with kids to give them the educational opportunities that she didn’t have. She continued her education at Cal State Long Beach, earning a Bachelors in liberal studies with a Spanish minor, and obtained her bilingual, cross-cultural, language and academic development credential in Spanish.

Her teaching career began at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified in 2004 at Edmondson, where she continues to be a dual-language teacher. She sees students having the same experience as her – newcomers from Mexico and El Salvador who cannot speak English and are trying to adjust to American culture. Except this time, she is able to provide them a way to enjoy English, Spanish and school.

“They can enjoy learning because I give them a way to communicate with me and ask me questions in Spanish and English, something that I wasn’t able to do in school,” Salguera said. “Hopefully, I can be a model for my students to look up to and I can help my students feel that they can be successful here.’”

Salguero integrates visual and performing arts into her curriculum, with students learning Latin culture through art, music and dance. Parent are able to stay involved in their children’s education by participating as volunteers in yearly events, such as helping with costumes for plays and performances and sharing their culture.

“Mrs. Salguero is a wonderful inspiration to our students. She gives them the confidence to enjoy learning and see that being bilingual is a strength,” Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “We are so proud to have her as a teacher in our District. She serves as a leader in her community inside and outside of the classroom.”