CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares on Tuesday joined education leaders from the Embassy of Spain in forming a partnership to bring Spanish teachers to the Mountain State.
The Letter of Intent, signed by Phares as well as Education Counselor Xavier Gisbert da Cruz and Education Adviser Pedro Rey Rodil, both with the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., initiates a pilot project to bring five certified Spanish teachers to West Virginia. The Spanish teachers will be placed in areas of the state with a critical shortage of world language teachers.
“As our world becomes more and more connected, a thorough knowledge of foreign languages is no longer an optional skill but an essential one,” Phares said. “Providing our children with the opportunity to understand the Spanish language and culture will give them a better chance of succeeding in today’s global economy.”
The cross-cultural program promises to provide students an opportunity to learn Spanish from an experienced native speaker and can foster mutual global understanding. Participating teachers can work for up to three years in West Virginia upon mutual consent.
The program’s goal is to place Spanish teachers who come to West Virginia in schools with a critical need. Such counties include Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Hancock, Jefferson, Logan, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Raleigh, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, Wood and Wyoming.
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