The Alexandria Times
February 1, 2018
When Canek Aguirre, a first-generation American citizen and the son of Mexican immigrants, was growing up in California, he often served as an interpreter between Spanish-speaking parents and school faculty.
Later, when Aguirre moved to Alexandria, he served in that role again in a professional capacity at Alexandria City Public Schools as a liaison between bilingual parents and George Washington Middle School. “I was really excited to have the role I had with ACPS. It allowed us to take the burden off some of the kids. You can have an adult there that can interpret and have conversations that you wouldn’t necessarily have if a child was interpreting or if someone was just using Google Translate,” Aguirre said.