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Dilworth Middle School Teachers Visit Homes

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Seventh grader Zuly Valles admits it was a little weird when she found out her teachers were coming to her house. 

"I was like, wait. What? They're coming?" she asked. 

Educators Kelly Mitchell and Cristal Cisneros make these visits often. About 20 Dilworth teachers participate in the new program. Two years ago, the Washoe County School District received funds for teachers to visit student's homes. This is the first year for Dilworth. 

"Everyone is different," said English Language Arts teacher Kelly Mitchell. "Every one is spectacular."

When our crew tagged along - we visited two homes: The Valez family and the Valles family. The visits usually start off with a meeting on the couch, then a quick tour of the house, occasionally food is part of the picture, and it and ends with a selfie. Those are proudly displayed back at the school. 

"It just makes it so much easier to have that conversation because we're at a point where we're at a common level of appreciation for each other," said Cristal Cisneros, the implementation specialist at Dilworth. "We as teachers have to have a wonderful relationship with our families because our kids are with them when they're not with us."

These visits are all about establishing a relationship between the parents at home and the teachers at school-- with hopes of improving education.  

"They know Zuly's family and I feel comfortable that they're coming in to see us," said Elsa Valles, Zuly's mother. 

For seventh grader Esmeralda Velez and her single-mom, Maria, these visits only make her education that much better.

"It means my daughter will do something big," said Maria. "She will have success in her education."

"My goal is to graduate college," said Esmeralda. "I want to be an engineer in science and technology."

Even though the teachers and parents met as strangers at the beginning of the visit, they always leave as family. 

"They shared something with us today," said Mitchell. "They shared their home life, their past, and secrets of their families. It just strengthens everything."

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