For a year, Elvia Aguilera-Ortiz had been investigating ways to go back to school.
The timing was right: Her kids were old enough to take care of themselves after school, and she knew after 10 years of working as a teacher's aide at Empire Elementary School that she wanted to pursue a degree in elementary education.
The only problem was the money.
"My husband and I both work," she explained. "We pay the bills, but it's not enough to go back to school."
Then she got a phone call.
Cheryl Macy, English teacher at Carson High School and Nevada's Teacher …