GREEN BAY, Wisc., (WFRV) – Luis Franco, a Green Bay School District bilingual family engagement coordinator, has made the list of the 39 most influential Latinos in Wisconsin.
“It’s an honor and to be quite honest it took me totally by surprise,” Franco told Local 5. “In all honesty it means a deeper sense of responsibility now.”
Franco is a 22 year veteran of the district who helps students and parents bridge cultural gaps and work with the community to improve student success across the board.
“I consider myself more of a cultural bridge where we are able to enable mainly the Latino community to the current resources we have available for them in the district,” he explained.
The group called Madison 365 put together the list. It says Franco’s long track record of success is why he is one of the state’s top Latinos for 2020.
“We are grateful to have someone as energetic, caring and committed as Luis Franco on our team,” said Katie Sulzer, Director of Pupil Services & Equity. “Luis has worked hard to build trusted relationships with many students and families in our District, and has been a valuable resource as our District works to improve outcomes for both students and families.”
Franco told Local 5 that he hopes to inspire students through his work in the community.
“Students who might go through similar life experiences as I have,” he said, “to see themselves in the process and to also feel connected, to also feel a part of this community and to also develop a sense that they can achieve whatever they desire if they apply themselves.”
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