OKLAHOMA CITY — Typical of a first-year teacher, Eric Parker was struggling to connect with students, finish lesson plans and organize his day.

Even more challenging was the fact that Parker was given a class of immigrant students, an Oklahoma history class designed for teenagers who had recently arrived in the United States.

“It was insane,” said Parker, who is now in his second year at Northwest Classen High School.

“It was frightening because I didn’t want to ruin anything for them. I didn’t want me being brand new to hinder their education.”

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