Family ties to Newark schools run deep for Morales

Before she became a teacher at Newark’s Ridge Street Elementary School, Wirmarie Morales was a student there, starting shortly after her family moved to the city from Puerto Rico.

Other family members have worked at Newark public schools, and two of Morales’ children are current students.

In an interview with Chalkbeat Newark’s Patrick Wall, Morales talks about her work as a fourth grade bilingual teacher, working remotely during the pandemic and more.