Three Filipino Teachers Began Their Journey to the United States to Teach Special Education at The Children's Guild in Prince George’s County - The Children's Guild

Richard Sagun (left), Rachelle Evangelista (center), and Curt Cruz (right) are not just teachers; they’re resilient, passionate individuals who embody the spirit of dedication and perseverance. Their journey to The Children’s Guild School of Prince George’s County, Maryland, was not a smooth one, but it is a testament to their strength and determination.

Despite facing initial challenges with paperwork and entry issues, these three Filipino educators didn’t give up. They each independently sought out the same recruitment agent, a decision influenced by the recommendations of other teachers. Through this shared connection, they found themselves embarking on a journey together, forming a support system that would become crucial in their transition to a new country.

Renting rooms in the same house, they not only found affordable accommodations but also built a bond that would help them navigate the challenges of their new environment. This bond goes beyond mere convenience; it speaks to the power of camaraderie and the importance of a strong support network, especially in unfamiliar territory.

As they approach the end of their first year at The Children’s Guild, Cruz, Evangelista, and Sagun have not only adapted to their new roles but have also thrived in them. Working in special education, they have embraced the challenges and the rewards that come with it, recognizing the vital role they play in the lives of their students.

Their story is a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the impact that individuals can have when they come together with a shared purpose. The Children’s Guild is currently hiring at all of our non-public special education schools. Help us in our mission to educate those in need.

According to The Council for Exceptional Children, nearly 98 percent of school districts nationwide were experiencing a shortage of special educators in 2020. The organization notes that employee turnover in special education is on the rise despite an increasing number of students with disabilities.

Join Richard, Rachelle, and Curt in making a difference for our younger generations in need. Learn more about how to become a teacher at The Children’s Guild.