International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss


Investing in Our Future: Inspiring Hispanics to Teach
Dr. Lisa Anne Rizopoulos, Dr. Peter McCarthy

There is a horrific under-representation of Hispanics in the teaching profession. In neighborhoods predominated by Latino populations, teachers of the same cultural background are social and academic supports, and offer intimate insights that other teachers may not. More Latino role models are needed in the classroom to inspire students to pursue a career in education. Pre-service, Hispanic elementary school teachers completed a survey and engaged in informal interviews about their experiences pursing a vocation in teaching. These timely responses are critical for all members of the Latino community for the future, so opportunities for recruiting and training Hispanics teachers can be explored.

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