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Elliot Suhr, WNPA News Service

ALL EARS: First-graders in Alicia Rivera's class listen eagerly as an art teacher reads them a book at Pioneer Elementary in Sunnyside.

The color of education

Elliot Suhr - WNPA News Service

Juanita Tellez, 23, remembers not being able to do her homework in third grade. When she brought her schoolwork home, her parents struggled to understand English, the language it was written in.

Her third-grade teacher, Alicia Hernandez-who now goes by Alicia Rivera-was quick to understand Tellez's situation. Coming from an immigrant family herself, Rivera worked through assignments with Tellez in the mornings before school started and read with her while other children went to recess in the afternoon.

Tellez, a University of Washington graduate and now a teacher candidate at Heritage University in Toppenish, Yakima County, looks ba...



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