Interview with Esther Franco

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Interview with Esther Franco about her life and her work in education administration in Kansas City. She discusses her parents' roots in Mexico and Guatemala and their move to Los Angeles, and the family's moves through California due to her father's role as a minister with the Church of the Nazarene, and growing up speaking Spanish in Mexican-American communities. She recalls marrying her own minister husband, and their work with the church and as educators in California, Texas, and the Kansas City area. After working as an elementary school teacher in the Kansas City School District, she went on to develop their bilingual education program, and she shares thoughts about the needs of Hispanic and other Kansas City students and their families.

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