This Georgia School Offers a Dream Curriculum for Immigrant Students

Written by Thomas Shomaker

Five years’ worth of language is taught during a single school year.

Searching for a better life, Miguel Gonzalez’s family brought him to Dalton, Georgia, from Guerrero, Mexico, as a child.

“My whole life in this country has been uncertain as far as my immigration status,” says Gonzalez.

Despite this, Gonzalez thrived. He attended college, landed a job as a teacher, and in 2012, became a “Dreamer” through the Obama administration’s establishment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Now, Gonzalez tries to help kids from similar circumstances through the Newcomer Academy, an English language program for Spanish-language students grades six and up.

As politicians negotiate the future of DACA, these children need a place to process their feelings about their immigration status. Watch the video above to see how the Newcomer Academy and teachers like Gonzalez go beyond simply acclimating immigrant children to the American school system by creating an environment where they can feel successful and thrive.

This post originally appeared on NationSwell.

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Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

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heather gabout a year ago


Daniel N
Past Member about a year ago

thanks for this

Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago


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Lisa Mabout a year ago


Winn A
Winn Aabout a year ago

Good for them!!!!!

Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a year ago

Thanks for posting.

Anne M
Anne Mabout a year ago

Good man,, good teacher,, good heart,, good video... - I'm sure he makes a huge difference in those student's lives..

Lenore K
Lenore Kabout a year ago

sounds good, i hope they get to stay in USA

John B
John Babout a year ago

Thanks Editors for sharing Mr. Shomaker's article and video.