CPS ELL Manager Recognized for Breaking Down Barriers


Marie Kobayashi holding awardMaria Kobayashi goes out of her way to break down language barriers for students and families at Cincinnati Public Schools.

She has worked at CPS for more than 20 years, most recently as the English Language Learners Manager.
September is National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Cincinnati Board of Education will recognize Kobayashi at its September 16 meeting and present her with a resolution.

“Ms. Kobayashi has worked closely with administrators, teachers, families, community leaders and organizations to support and advocate for immigrant students and families in Cincinnati,” the resolution reads.

To reduce linguistic barriers, she secured grant funding to obtain licenses for Rosetta Stone software for all CPS students, parents and staff members. In addition, the grant allowed for the translation of over 500 documents that districts across Ohio can access online.

The documents, translated in French, Arabic and Spanish, provide information for parents about registration, enrollment, early childhood education, health and food service.

Last year, she was one of nine recipients of the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans Award presented by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission.

The annual event honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional or community service endeavors, and who serve as a role model for the growing Hispanic community in Ohio.

“I’m humbled to be among such amazing advocates for the Latino community,” she said upon accepting the award. “I’m also grateful to my mentor, Sister Margarita Brewer, my husband and my family, who deserves this award more than I do for the countless days my work keeps me away from them.”

In 2017, she was the recipient of the Education Advocate Award, presented by the Latino Education Summit.

In 2016, Kobayashi was recognized by Santa Maria Community Services for her commitment to the immigration population within Greater Cincinnati.


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