Ayala speaks with students on at Teach for America event


State Sen. Andres Ayala talks with students at Bassick High School, where he once worked as a teacher.

Bassick High School students spoke with state Sen. Andres Ayala on April 26 at an event organized by Teach for America.

Ayala spoke about growing up in Bridgeport, his work as an educator in Bridgeport’s adult education program and his time as a teacher at Bassick. Students took the opportunity to ask Ayala a range of questions about how he views some of the most high profile issues in Connecticut.

“It was a privilege to be able to speak with the students at Bassick today and see so many familiar faces,” Ayala said. “I always enjoy the opportunity to speak with Bridgeport’s next generation, and hope that my visit in some way encourages them to work hard and pursue the lives they want.”

The event was organized by Teach for America, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach in low-income communities throughout the United States.

Teach for America has placed hundreds of dedicated educators at schools around the country. Ayala was invited today as a role model who can speak to many of the challenges students face, and encourage them to overcome and achieve what they want in life.

“I remember being your age and having my school’s principal tell me that there are just two things you need to do to reach your goals,” Ayala said. “If you work hard and are nice to people, you will achieve what you want in life.”

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