Alma Duran, the director of special programs for the Pasco School District, has been named the 2014 Latina Educator of the Year by the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She has worked to increase awareness of the struggles of all students, including those learning English, according to the district. She supports teachers across the district to improve their literacy instruction by helping them design lessons, modeling effective teaching and encouraging them to try new strategies.
Duran oversees state and federal programs, including the Learning Assistance Program, Reading Recovery, the Two Way Dual Language Program and Literacy Squared, plus migrant education and parent engagement.
She began working for the district in 1991 as a migrant bilingual resource room teacher and later became a teacher leader for Reading Recovery, an intense intervention program for struggling readers. From 2011-13 she was the assistant director of curriculum and professional development.