By Devin Bodkin | Originally posted 6/4/19 in Idaho Ed News
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Darlin Delgado’s past inspires her pursuit to help students in poverty.
“I was one of them,” said Delgado, principal at Las Vegas-based East Career and Technical Academy.
Delgado’s family migrated from war-stricken El Salvador to Sin City when she was a child. The search for a better life wasn’t easy. She didn’t speak English, and her father’s job as a dishwasher at the Dunes Hotel didn’t pay much.
An attentive teacher eventually reached out to the young girl, stressed the value of an education and gave her some helpful resources.
That gave Delgado a purpose, she said, and inspired her to one day become a teacher.
Today, connecting disadvantaged students to careers is a hallmark of Delgado’s school, which operates in one of Las Vegas’s poorest areas.
Despite the challenge, the academy’s emphasis on career-technical education is helping students in poverty surpass state averages in areas where they typically fall behind.
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