Hispanic Heritage: Anita Carmona Harrison sparked change in educ

Hispanic Heritage: Anita Carmona Harrison sparked change in education

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Anita Carmona Harrison was born and raised in Lubbock. She was one of the first in her neighborhood to earn a college degree. She served as a bilingual teacher in Lubbock ISD for more than three decades. When she was in second grade, she and her classmates toured the Texas Tech campus, and right away fell in love.

"I promised myself, I'm going to come here so I started a piggy bank," said Carmona Harrison. "My granddad helped me start that piggy bank and it amounted to quite a bit when I finally got to the point that I needed that money and then I got to start with a scholarship, it was a LULAC scholarship."

After graduating, she started her career at Lubbock ISD. She felt the need to spark some change in the system, she and some colleagues attended a bilingual education seminar prompting her to start a program in her district.

"We were coming up with all kinds of ideas for developing the curriculum guide for bilingual kindergarten and so we put together a curriculum guide translated some songs from Spanish into English and English into Spanish," said Carmona Harrison. "So the kids could learn the same songs and know what the concept was behind each song or nursery rhyme, it's been used all around the United States."

Carmona Harrison said all her life she's challenged not only herself, but others. In turn, she hopes she's caused a ripple effect of success. She said looking back at her 30 plus years of teaching only fond memories remain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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