Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instructions, Nogales Unified School District #1
We never settle. Good is never good enough. How can it be when those are all our children? We always push one another. Improvement is continuous here in Nogales.
What I think makes us different here in Nogales is that we have great partnerships. Actually, that’s probably an understatement, they are enduring relationships between all of the stakeholders: community members, parents, educators and business people. We all work together to be sure that our children are the best that they can be. I think that’s what makes this city so special. We say, ‘Juntos, si podemos’: ‘Together, yes we can’. That’s the attitude here in Nogales.
Education is very important to everyone here. Families stay and grow and create new families. We have that interest in making sure our students do well because they aren’t just our students, they are our grandchildren or our children or our neighbors’ or friends’ children or grandchildren. We are a family. I think in other places they may say that it takes a village to raise a child, but this is something we actually do.