What is the purpose of Maestros Para el Pueblo?

Ultimately, the goal of Maestros Para el Pueblo is to: 

  • Address the lack of representation of Latinx teachers in the local Skagit county community, families, and students.  

  • Face the issue of inequality in educational outcomes due to the inequality of opportunity to be successful. Maestro students bring so much potential and a deep understanding of why these inequalities exist and become a part of the solution. They have become activists, leaders, role models, graduates, and teachers. 

  • As a collective across institutions, develop clear educational pathways to Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education programs. It humanizes the students' experience from the initial contact through relationship base and holistic achievement approach, which includes understanding a well-rounded student, encouraging student involvement, and uplifting student voice.  

Students who participate in the Maestros program will: 

  • Receive culturally relevant academic advising and support in critical transition points at every level.  

  • Be in a community of future educators/human service professionals who are passionate about education. 

  • Maestros will enroll in ESJ 397 with other Maestros students who have transferred or are currently attending Western 

  • Peer mentors host community events in order to give FWS an opportunity to bond outside of the classroom 

  • Be eligible for Scholarship funds 

  • Scholarship upon entering the program and additional funding for participation in the optional coursework  

  • Inside access to scholarship info-sessions for Maestros to ask questions about the scholarship process and get feedback on essays 

  • Upon completion of the year’s coursework, Maestros may be eligible for funding for their second year 

  • Be encouraged to develop leadership skills and increase community and school district connections and experiences.  

  • Become a critically conscious educator for the local Skagit county community.   

  • Make connections with Woodring faculty prior to their first quarter at WWU, which most students do not do until they officially enter their program 

  • Peer mentor - a student who understands how to navigate Western as an institution to help support transfer students with a variety of things like: Program applications and advising; Studying for classes ; Connecting to resources (faculty/staff, departments, health center, counseling center, etc.); A friend, someone to rely on.

  • Preference within Woodring program admissions