Jaime Garcia Caycho
Jamie Garcia Caycho
ESOL Teacher, Arcado Elementary School
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jamie Garcia Caycho teaches multilingual learners in the ESOL program at Arcado Elementary School. Like many of her students, Jamie immigrated to the United States at a young age and learned English in school. Jamie’s work heavily focuses on supporting strong home-school partnerships. She helped establish a successful family outreach and reading program at her school called HEROE. Prior to her role as an ESOL teacher, Jamie served as a first-grade classroom teacher and a preschool teacher. She holds Associate’s and Bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy, and a Specialist’s degree in Teacher Leadership.
Héroe means hero in Spanish. Project H.E.R.O.E. (Hispanos Esforzándose por Resultados, Oportunidades, y Éxito-- this translates to Hispanics Making Efforts for Results, Opportunities, and Success) is a parent outreach program at Arcado Elementary School that aims to strengthen the home-school partnership among Hispanic families and increase student reading achievement. Teachers lead workshops in Spanish that provide families with important information, tools, and resources that they can use to help their children at home academically and become more involved in school. The Teach On Project grant is expanding this schoolwide initiative by providing the financial resources needed to establish a reading program. The TOP grant funds the purchase of dual-language book sets that families will read weekly and items such as tablets and school supplies that will be given to students and families that attend the workshops. The overall impact of this project will see increased results in students' reading levels and a stronger home-school partnership.