Increase in Bilingual Students 9/13/13
CBS 7 News
Kermit, TX - Districts have a challenge on their hands.
By the time students reach third grade they are required to read and write in English, but with more non-English speaking students there is a strain on the system.
Kermit Elementary kindergarteners are learning consonants and vowels this week as part of their bilingual class.
Maestra Asusena Valencia is in charge of 30 students along with a teacher’s aid in Kermit Elementary.
“The biggest difference is that most of my kids only know Spanish,” she said.
The school will soon add another bilingual teacher because so many kindergarten students have come into the city.
Last year Kermit Elementary had 154 students in bilingual classes this year there are 185 students.
From talking to the parents they're coming in because of the work,” Valencia said. “A lot are from El Paso, Las Cruces, and other areas that would normally house them.”
Having this many more students can be stressful, but the students are also the reason Valencia enjoys her job everyday.
“The kids are amazing,” she said, “The parents have done an awesome job as far as their upbringing.”
Districts say the majority of these students speak Spanish as their first language, but students come from all over the world including India, China, Vietnam, and Germany.