Senator Harkin’s staff tour Woodbury Elementary

Woodbury Principal Sarah Johnson (front) discusses the Dual Language Program with Laura Sands from Sen. Tom Harkin’s office. Sands and Harkin rep Omar Padilla (background) observed classrooms at Woodbury on May 10.

Representatives from U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s office visited Woodbury Elementary May 10, observing classrooms and learning more about the Dual Language Program.

Laura Sands and Omar Padilla from Sen. Harkin’s office in Des Moines met with Principal Sarah Johnson; Dr. Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent for student achievement; and Rachel Inks, coordinator of English Language Learner and Dual Language Program services.

The representatives decided to visit after hearing a presentation about the program at the Diversity Conference held April 13 at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. The group observed classes taught in English and Spanish, visiting kindergarten (taught by Anel Garza), second grade (taught by Luisa Romero) and fourth grade (taught by Jamie Williams).