On Thursday, November 8, Valencia High School teacher Danny Ortega hosted a visit for seven Nogales High School teachers. The team was interested in viewing the school’s HOUSE opportunities, Gear Up, and SWAS programs. After a brief presentation highlighting the history and success of the school’s at-risk programs, Danny took the teachers on a tour of classrooms including Quintero, Secoda, Schiff, Scheetz, Rizzie, Dixon, Gray, Bhavsar, Kuchwara, and Henry.
Later, Nogales teachers had the unique opportunity to observe a program incentive — the HOUSE 1st Quarter BBQ. Thanks to the work and energy of all teachers on campus, every student within the program qualified to attend the lunch.
The team spoke with students and teachers throughout their visit, providing them unique insight about the structure and culture of the program. Nogales teachers openly shared how impressed they were by the HOPE program, and they left inspired to grow their own program back at their site.