From KERA News:
In a school district where nearly 45 percent of students are Hispanic, Arlington superintendent Marcelo Cavazos’ bilingual skills come in handy. During a recent visit to a class of juniors at Carter High School, Cavazos asked the students in Spanish what they want to study and what career they want to have.
One student said he wants to be a doctor. Another said she’d like to be a teacher.
“Gracias,” he told her. “When can you start?”
The kids in the class laugh.
It’s not just the language that helps Cavazos connect with these students, it’s his roots. As a kid, he helped his parents pick crops in the fields of south Texas.
Experts says that kind of life experience among leaders is critical as the country’s population grows more diverse. More than half of the state’s 5.1 million public school students are Latino and more of these students than ever are in districts run by Latinos.