We are so excited to announce Lourdes Houston, a kindergarten teacher from Houston, Texas as August's dual language teacher of the month! Lourdes works at Coop Elementary in Houston Independent School District (HISD), where she has worked for the past 24 years.
Since she was a middle school student in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Lourdes has had a strong desire to be a teacher. In elementary school, Lourdes' principal recognized her passion for teaching; her principal, soon after, approached Lourdes and her mother about working with illiterate adults. Thrilled by with idea, Lourdes took on the challenge, working alongside her mother to help teach basic literacy skills to adults.
Her early teaching experience led Lourdes to pursue a career in education. After receiving her degree, she kickstarted her teaching career in Mexico. During this time, Lourdes was recruited to participate in an Alternative Certification Program (ACP) program, leading her to move to Houston, Texas, where she began her career at Houston Independent School District.
For 20 years, Lourdes taught as a kindergarten teacher in a bilingual classroom. Ready for a change, she moved to teaching kindergarten in a dual language immersion program, where she has been for the past four years. Lourdes has been grateful for the opportunity to find new challenges, set new expectations, and prepare students for a global society.
Lourdes greatly enjoys working with the younger children because of their eagerness to learn. When asked what her favorite part of being a teacher was, she responded,
"When I see the faces of my students, English speakers and Spanish speakers once they hear themselves reading for first time! When I see that my students do great things, I have faith in them, in teaching, and in a better future."
Continue to the next page to learn more about Lourdes Houston, our August Teacher of the Month...