I have been teaching for 7 years in high need schools in Washington, DC. I have worked with language learners between the ages of 12 and 20 at various language levels. The majority of my materials are for newcomers or beginning language learners (Levels 1-2 using the WIDA Model or ACCESS Exam). My learners always make at least 1 level growth (often more) and I greatly enjoy working with teenagers who are new to the United States!
I am a true believer in collaborative learning so my lessons are designed to get students working together. I use project based learning and try to design meaningful projects to help my students learn content and language simultaneously. I also have some more traditional ESL materials that can be used in a variety of settings such as 1-on-1, small group, extension work or with the whole class.
Continuously rated as an effective or highly effective teacher (DC's Impact System); Recognized as Teacher of the Month; Graduated with Honors; Received research grants during my undergraduate and graduate studies.
I consider myself a life long learner! I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in History and Spanish and I have a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs with coursework in International Education. I have certifications to teach English as a Second Language (K-12) and Secondary Social Studies (7-12). I have numerous hours of professional development, including the QTEL training for ESL Teachers and Street Law's Supreme Court Summer Institute for teachers.
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