BTU Holds International Teachers Event

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In October, members of the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU Local 340) International Teachers Committee gathered at the BTU office to welcome 27 newly recruited teachers from the Philippines. The committee has been working to orient the new teachers to services and benefits BTU can provide to support them in their various roles working for Baltimore City Schools. 

The BTU International Teachers Committee is a group specifically dedicated to ensuring new international teachers acclimate to their new teaching environment. The Committee operates the way the union does for members across the district, just on a smaller scale. It ensures there’s a community that will support and nurture the new teachers as they begin their service to Baltimore students. The committee, like the union, also advocates for new teachers on issues for which they need a collective voice. 

AFT-Maryland K-12 VP Rogie Legaspi, a member of the International Teachers Committee, commented on the special bond he feels whenever he’s in a position to help saying, “every time I get the opportunity to help immigrants, especially teachers, I’ve come full circle.”