Loren Cartagena                
    Title I Specialist /Homeless-Foster Care Liaison
    State and Federal Programs
    Academic Services Division

    Loren Cartagena has 33 years experience in education. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher, elementary librarian, high school librarian, and district librarian.  As part of the State and Federal Programs Department team, her goal is to educate and engage parents and family members in understanding how to support their children in meaningful ways.  

    She currently oversees the following:
    • H.A.N.D.S. Program (Helping the Academic Needs of Displaced Students)
      Ensure that students experiencing homelessness have minimal gaps in their education by ensuring immediate enrollment and school stability; providing awareness training for district personnel; reviewing and responding to data collection that includes:  failure rates, state assessment results, and absenteeism; assisting students and families with referrals to community agencies
    • Foster Care
      Facilitate the enrollment in or transfer to a public school of a child in the district who is in the conservatorship of the state and coordinate with individual campuses, community service agencies, caregivers, local colleges, and advocates involved in the child welfare system.
    • Private Nonprofit Schools
      Assist with ensuring that federal regulations under Title I are met by providing supplemental educational services to students who attend private schools and reside within Socorro district boundaries.  Supplemental academic services are developed in consultation with private school administrators and are designed to support students who are failing or at risk of failing to meet academic achievement standards
    • Schaeffer House
      Monitor the academic support provided by the teacher and the progress of the students living at this facility, which is a halfway house for juvenile offenders and falls under the jurisdiction of the Texas Youth Commission and Texas Department of Juvenile Justice
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