Sergio Gon sits in the corner of his kindergarten classroom in Giddings, Texas, reading a book to his students entirely in Spanish. He’s a bilingual teacher at the elementary school there, a town of about 5,000 people halfway between Austin and Houston. Most of his students don’t speak English.
Down the hall, Karla Monnaco, also a bilingual teacher, teaches third grade in another classroom. By the time Gon’s students reach Monnaco’s class, they’re expected to speak both English and Spanish.