Parents United for Excellent Dual Education

About Us

RGV PUEDE stands for RGV Parents United for Excellent Dual Education
Or in Spanish: Padres Unidos para una Educación Dual de Excelencia

RGV PUEDE’s mission is to organize parents to support, improve, and extend dual language programs from Pre-K to 12th across the RGV.

RGV PUEDE was co-founded in 2016 by Dr. Alex Stehn & Dr. Mariana Alessandri, who are both philosophy professors at UTRGV. We want our boys, Santiago and Sebastián to be part of a new generation of RGV students who receive a quality education in both Spanish and English from Pre-K to 12th to prepare them for UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate university.

RGV PUEDE partners with UTRGV’s Center for Bilingual Studies, local school districts, and community organizations like LUPE, ARISE, and Voces Unidas. RGV PUEDE currently has roughly 500 members. Because of where we started, a disproportionate number of PUEDE parents are McAllen residents and/or UTRGV faculty. We call these chapters McAllen PUEDE and UTRGV PUEDE. One of our ongoing goals to network with parents and community organizations in other districts to establish other chapters, e.g., La Joya PUEDE, PSJA PUEDE, Harlingen PUEDE, etc.

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