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Leslie Torres-Rodriguez: High goals transforming Hartford's schools

Leslie Torres-Rodriguez: High goals transforming Hartford's schools

I still remember the first time I walked into a Hartford Public Schools classroom.

I was 9 years old when I moved from the beaches of Puerto Rico to a small apartment in Frog Hollow. In the beginning, I struggled with my new language, new environment and new life. At times, I disengaged from school and learning, and I wasn’t sure if I would be successful. But with the support of my single mother — while she, herself, was trying to balance multiple jobs and pursue her own education — my Hartford Public Schools teachers and my community, I got what I needed to achieve, and my story became emblematic of the American Dream.

Now, as a proud...

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