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Celebrating Biculturalism

Brenda Piñon (Dallas-Fort Worth ’14) teaches a dual language first grade class at T.A. Sims Elementary School. Brenda shares how her own experience as an English language learner motivates her to ensure that her students succeed.

Celebrating Biculturalism

By The TFA Editorial Team

September 15, 2015

I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to the United States when I was two. As I entered school, I became aware of my language difference. Through the understanding and guidance of my bilingual teachers, I was able not only to succeed academically, but also value my diversity and feel accepted in a new place. These experiences ignited my passion for learning and my aspiration for becoming a teacher.

After earning my degree in bilingual education, I channeled my love for helping kids become biliterate in their first and second languages by joining Teach For America. As a first grade dual language teacher, I empower my students to fight the inequities they face by providing them with the skills of leadership, biculturalism, and self-motivation to reach their goals.

As I enter my second year of teaching, I strive to continue guiding students and their families by creating relationships and environments where students become leaders of their own learning.