La Vina Elementary started the school year last week with a new principal. Jesus Navarro, formerly the vice principal at Millview Elementary, is now at the helm of the little country school, which holds a load of memories for him.
At recess on that first day, he was out on the grounds greeting the kids, making sure they all felt secure, especially the little ones. As he moved about the campus, memories flooded his mind of the time he first came to La Vina School as a fifth grader so many years ago.
Caught in a momentary reverie, Navarro’s mind went back even further. He remembered when, as a second grader at Eastin-Arcola School and recently arrived in Madera, he didn’t understand the strange sounds he was hearing on the playground. They weren’t anything like the voices he heard at his school in Mexico. He stood silently at the edge of the blacktop, wishing he knew what the kids were saying.
He would understand one day. He would learn this new language and would go on to devote his life to helping children. It wouldn’t be easy, and he would need help, but Navarro would eventually reach the top in Madera, his new home...