Filipino teachers return to Baltimore one year after visa issues

by Mary Estacion, ABS-CBN News

This time last year, they were slated to head back to the Philippines.

“It’s hard to face the fact that you’re going home because there’s no certainty.  People say we’re going to file you. But it doesn’t really guarantee,” said Christian Angelo Taday.

The visas of two dozen Filipino teachers in Baltimore City were expiring, and new U.S. immigration policies were making visa renewals difficult.

But the students didn’t have to wait long for the return of the teachers.  The school district fought to have them back.

“There’s a shortage of special educators, actually all over the United States so because they’re in crucial roles, it was crucial for us to make sure that we were able to hold those positions for those teachers.” 

“We want to thank our families, our administrators, our co-teachers, and our friends.”

With help from those friends and colleagues,  the teachers would eventually return before the next school year was even in the books.

“Maryland, for me, is my home, and I love Baltimore city because this is where I started and this is where I learned to be a real teacher.”

A teaching profession that Cecilia real and her colleagues will be able to again practice in baltimore…  now that they are now well on their way to getting their green cards.

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