Latino Teacher Recruitment

Hispanic Teacher Recruitment Factsheet [PDF, 672KB]

Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden and Mrs. Erica Castro

The quality of a student’s teacher is the single most influential in-school factor in academic achievement and future life outcomes. With the increase in Hispanic population, it is important to have a teaching workforce that reflects the student population in order to meet the demands of our increasingly diverse nation. Nearly 1 out of 4 public school students are Hispanic, while Hispanic teachers represent only 7.8% of the teaching workforce and Hispanic male teachers represent 2% of the teaching workforce.


#LatinosTeach 2016

With the #LatinosTeach online campaign, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics features Hispanic teachers to demonstrate that while they are underrepresented, there are many Hispanics who are dedicating themselves to serving their community through teaching.

Nominate a Latino educator by filling out our Nomination Form [doc] [pdf] and emailing the Initiative at WHIEEH@ed.gov. Be sure to include the educators name and contact information.

The Initiative is proud to recognize the following Latino educators around the nation:

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Emily Grijalva

High School English teacher in Los Angeles, CA

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Lessie Paugh Ortiz

High School ESOL Reading Teacher in Orlando, FL

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Christopher De Leon

Middle School Teacher in Hudson, WI

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Matthew Medrano

High School Science Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

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Veronica Perez

Elementary Arts Teacher in Arlington, VA

Rick Archuletta

Rick Archuleta

High School Social Studies Teacher in Fountain, CO

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Deisy Leija

Elementary Bilingual Teacher in Baytown, Texas

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Marlene Cabrera

Curriculum Support Specialist in Miami, Florida

Michelle Sánchez

Special Education Teacher in Los Angeles, California

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Rosalita Santiago

First Grade Math and Spanish Language Arts Teacher in Arlington, Virginia

Nominate a Latino educator by emailing the Initiative at WHIEEH@ed.gov. Be sure to include the educators name and contact information.

See all of the educators recognized in 2015.

See all of the educators recognized in 2014.


Teacher Tools and Resources: Focused on recruiting top talent and developing support networks that will retain teachers and increase the status of the profession, the Administration has created several initiatives and partnerships to support the teaching profession. Through these recruitment and retainment efforts, the number, diversity, and status of teachers will increase, and ensure that all students have access to highly qualified teachers.


In commemoration of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary, the Initiative made a national call for Commitments to Action, encouraging public, private, and nonprofit investments in the creation and/or expansion of quality education programming throughout the nation service Hispanics. Access the list of organizations that made a Commitment to invest in Latino Teacher Recruitment.