#MNPSVoices - José Flores, Parent Outreach Translator
José Flores was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. As a child, he grew up near a marketplace area where many trucks would load and unload their merchandise, which was primarily vegetables. He had to walk about a mile to go to school. For his middle and high school years, Flores lived at another part of town when his family home had to be removed due to construction of the Mexico City subway system.
More than 20 years ago, Flores decided to immigrate to the U.S. in search of better career opportunities. Before joining Metro Nashville Public Schools in the year 2000, Flores worked in the public sector in Mexico City in the tax-collection department at the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público de Hacienda y Crédito Público (Secretary of Finance and Public Credit).
Flores started his MNPS career as an English Language student assistant in the classroom, which included two-way bilingual English and Spanish interpretation between the teacher and the student. Not long after that initial experience, he served as a Spanish-language Parent Outreach Translator at different schools. For the past 10 years, Flores has assisted Latino families at Overton High School ensuring they feel welcomed, connected and empowered.
“My main role as an interpreter is being in touch with families, students, teachers and administrators to ensure an accurate flow of information,” Flores said.
In his spare time, Flores enjoys playing chess and working on his car.
“One day, when I retire, I might go back to school and take some kind of technical course,” he said.
Flores encourages new MNPS employees to try their very best in working with passion and dedication toward a successful career. He said by creating meaningful partnerships along the way, working with students, families, administrators or coworkers, those professional experiences are worthwhile.