A group of five Visiting International Teachers arrived in Austin this week from Spain to start new roles teaching in Del Valle ISD. The 2020-2021 School Year is the 5th year of participation for DVISD, and while the teachers’ journeys to the United States looked very different from previous years, their purpose remains the same.

The program is part of a partnership with ESC Region 13 and the Ministry of Education in Spain. With the addition of this year’s group, there are 25 teachers in the program at Del Valle ISD. Teachers join for a minimum of a 3-year commitment, with the option to extend their time in the district. The program’s partnerships sponsor visas for the visiting teachers.

In a typical year, the program takes a large amount of collaboration and logistics to organize, with this year adding in the additional hurdle of travel restrictions and quarantine. Each teacher will receive virtual Human Resources Orientation, onboarding, and professional development from the district and campuses during their quarantine period.

“The program is a beneficial cultural experience for our students and teachers,” said Hillcrest Elementary teacher Michelle Cardenas, the district’s ambassador for the program, “The different teaching styles they may bring is another way that our students benefit from this experience.”

This year’s teachers join classrooms at Popham and Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, Dailey Middle, Del Valle Middle, and Del Valle High School.

DVISD leaders with welcome signs at the airport DVISD leaders with welcome signs at the airport