I am an educator. I have the honor of teaching pre-school in Las Vegas. I get to spend my days with the future. I get to look into their eyes full of hope. I get to empower their minds with questions and challenges.

My family name, Cervantes, carries a long history of proud Mexican leadership.  During the Mexican Revolution, my great-grandfather Eulogio Cervantes, as a young boy, rode alongside Pancho Villa and his Villistas seizing hacienda land to re-distribute to the peasants and soldiers.  For my entire life, I’ve heard stories about my great-grandfather, all that he accomplished and how he worked hard to make a life for my family in the United States.  Like many people in my cultu

A national survey of teachers shows that teachers have lower expectations of black and Hispanic students. Although the long-term study showed to a statistically significant level the teachers expectations of student success held true, experts are worried that student outcomes may be the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy whereby teachers invest more time and energy into students in who they see potential.

In my first year in the classroom, a group of students and I founded the College Readiness Club, aimed at exposing my students to the resources and opportunities that could make college real for them. A year later, in June 2013, we took 22 teenagers from Miami to Boston to experience university life.  This past year, the the tradition continued when Amy Flynn and George Hart, two fellow alums from Miami, brought their groups of students to Boston as well.

In my preschool classroom, story time is the most anticipated part of the day. My students sit on the rug and I sit in my chair to read stories and be transported to other places and worlds. One of my favorite stories to read is Rosemary Wells’ Bunny Cakes.

Congresswoman Dina Titus

Yesterday we received the following letter from the group United Students Against Sweatshops via email. The letter raised important issues and concerns and so we felt it was critical to share both their letter and our email back for all of those interested.

Our email response to USAS:

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