A high school that helps immigrants succeed
Principal Maria Tukeva created a program for immigrant children who'd been failed by D.C. schools and turned it into a successful high school
Principal Maria Tukeva strolls outside Columbia Heights Educational Center with, from left, senior Janae Riddick, junior Si Xin Li, eighth-grader Daevon Johnson and seniors Cindy Morales and Elmer Aguilar.
Eighth-graders, from left and facing front, D'ondre Mackey, Soulivanh Sayavongs, Gabriel Mejia, Jesus Nunez, Jayna Acker-Jones, Hezekiah Grooms and Brian Mendoza get pizza after school.
Tukeva in a quiet moment in her school office.
Tukeva, who is teaching an eighth grade English class while a teacher is on maternity leave, gives Jardel Perrier paperwork to hand out to the other students.
The visionary (Post Magazine, April 11, 2010)
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