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With thousands of our youngest learners back in the classroom and the month of September in the rear view mirror, we have a lot to be thankful for as we look at the road ahead. First, our reopening plans are moving forward, as we plan to welcome students back to in-person learning in grades five through twelve later this month. And, a new month gives us all an opportunity to start fresh and plan for the future, while reflecting on what makes our community stronger and more vibrant each and every day.

For NOLA-PS, that strength and vibrance comes directly from our talented, caring and diverse staff that reflects the warm and welcoming NOLA community.

Today marks the halfway point of Hispanic Heritage Month, a period from September 15 - October 15 when we can all take time to celebrate and recognize the incredible contributions of Hispanic Americans to our communities, our history, our culture and our schools. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m encouraging all members of our school community to celebrate our Hispanic and Latinx students, teachers and staff, and learn more about their unique stories, cultures and history.

To help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, NOLA-PS sat down with some of our tremendous Hispanic and Latinx staff to highlight their stories and amazing contributions to our school community. Here’s what they had to say:

“Being able to utilize my resources to connect and help the Hispanic community, to me it’s just completely priceless” - Norma Martinez, a bilingual school choice advisor.

“Everything about being a Latina makes me proud. I grew up in a house raised by a single Honduran mother and seven siblings. Our food, music and our language are just a few things that I love about my culture...When my mother came to the United States back in the 1980’s she had to overcome many obstacles such as learning the English language. I’m proud to be able to bridge the language barrier that many Spanish-speaking families face each day,” - Shirley Hernandez, a Student Services Coordinator

“Being born and raised in Puerto Rico, I always dreamed of coming to the United States...Since I’ve been working with NOLA-PS, I feel my dreams have been coming true. I’ve been able to help many parents that are non-English-speaking. And the minute they hear me talk Spanish, I can hear a sigh of relief in their voice, because they know that they’re going to be helped.” Doran Nieto, Front Desk Receptionist

You can hear more from our amazing staff members by watching this video, HERE.

As we take a moment together to honor these incredible individuals in our community, I’d like to remind everyone to honor our students, teachers, faculty and staff by continuing to take precautions to keep our community safe.

Together, we can do this.

In Service,

Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.
Superintendent, NOLA Public Schools

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