Tahera Sajid, a parent in Sharon, said a teacher’s race is not necessarily the determining factor in whether a child has a good experience in school. Sajid, whose family moved here from Pakistan four years ago, said that while most of the teachers and staff in the schools have been white, they have also been sensitive to cultural differences and helpful with the transition to a new country.
Sajid recently participated in a workshop with the Sharon Pluralism Network to help school social workers understand ethnic differences, and the best way to approach students and parents from different cultures. The organization is planning another training session for teachers next year.
“Although it would make some people more comfortable” to have more minority teachers, Sajid said, “I have never had a problem with that. They do seem to understand that our concerns and point of reference may be different.”