Updated: Feb 7
Hello, my name is Jose Sanchez Salas I am writing this introduction but after this one I will only have two more semesters of introductions to write. I will be done with my education degree and hopefully have passed the NES/West E. My goal is to become as well informed as possible before my student teaching experience to become a bilingual or dual language teacher in the schools here in the Yakima valley. My reason for choosing this pathway is because I recall my earlier experiences being an English language learner and I feel that because of this I can support these students emotionally, academically, and socially having been a student who has had to navigate the educational system from the outside in. For this reason, I feel strongly about serving multilingual students through a social justice lens which considers their cultural backgrounds, their linguistic diversity, and their different perspectives on education and how that plays out in our classrooms here in the United States and I am specifically interest of how they play out here in schools in the Yakima valley. Horace Mann said that education is a great equalizer, this can only be true when all people have access. My goal therefore is to be a point of access for any other future students who may have come from similar backgrounds as those mentioned before as well as mainstream students who need to become culturally proficient in dealing with people and society.