Everett, whose minority student enrollment skyrocketed from 27 percent in 2001-2002 to 60 percent a decade later, has struggled to attract more diverse teachers. According to data from the state’s Department of Elementary and Seconday Education, 4.4 percent of Everett’s teachers were minority in the 2011-2012 school year. In only a handful of suburban districts does the number of minority teachers exceed 10 percent.
At Everett High School, math teacher Long Le, who is Vietnamese, helped launch an Asian Student Group four years ago, soon after he was hired. The group tries to help students who are recent immigrants and those who were born here manage academic expectations and make social connections, Le said.
Le, 32, teaches Algebra at Everett High School.