We all know that teaching has many amazing benefits, but a high salary to pay off debt to become a teacher isn’t one of them. If early care and education programs are to reach the high-quality goals of preparing teachers to be leaders in student success, then we need to provide the necessary academic support for teachers’ to meet those standards. Here is a teacher doing just that and we are hoping you will help Blanca Lopez become an elementary bilingual school teacher. Blanca will be applying for a $4000 Teach Grant , a grant that can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. Blanca will also be taking out loans, and looking for part time work (on top of her full time internship and full class load!).
Blanca is a San Francisco native whose family moved to Durango, México when she was 6 years old. Blanca moved back to ‘the city’ to attend high school and graduated from SFUSD’s June Jordan School For Equity in 2009. During her high school years she volunteered at Compañeros Del Barrio (a state funded preschool in SF’s Mission District). After high school, Blanca went on to pursue her BA at SFSU. While a full time student, Blanca worked at Las Mañanitas (las-mananitas.com) as an assistant teacher. She graduated this past May from SFSU with a BA in Spanish Literature. This summer she will enter the *BEST (Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation) program at SFSU, graduating in May with a Multiple-Subject Credential, Spanish Bilingual Authorization.
With 11 days left in the campaign, Please take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘Maestra Blanca – Support an Up and Coming Bilingual Teacher!’ happen!
*BEST (Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation) is a Multiple-Subject Credential with Bilingual (Spanish) Authorization dedicated to preparing bilingual candidates to become competent bilingual, biliterate and bicultural teachers in a variety of school settings. Our aim is to develop effective and reflective teachers who have strong foundations in critical pedagogies and culturally responsive teaching. These pedagogies are pathways to engage bilingual-bicultural students and their families in becoming agents of change in their communities.