YOU ARE SPECIAL: Ofelia Caballero – Barbieri Elementary

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of reports on the 2017 You Are Special award winners from the 25th Annual Salute To Framingham. The report below was written by the building principal. Photo courtesy.

Through her work in the Title I program, Ofelia Caballero has shared her expertise and Spanish language proficiency with Barbieri students.

Ofelia fled her native Cuba in 1966 and continued a teaching career here.

She began at Barbieri in 1978 supporting students in their acquisition of literacy and oral language skills in Spanish.

Like Maria Grassi, Ofelia Caballero is a pioneer of the Two-Way Bilingual program at Barbieri.

She too took her Spanish skills to Wellesley’s new elementary language program, and, similarly, returned to Barbieri in 2010.

After many years supporting students in language and literacy, the need arose for math support.

Ofelia took on the challenge and has now become a lifeline for our youngest students who need additional support strengthening their math skills.

It is inspiring to see an educator who is willing to jump into a new challenge even after a 30+ year career. She is truly an inspiration to us all!


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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