I taught elementary ESOL for three years in Baltimore City to an almost exclusively refugee population. By day, I had experience teaching Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade students. After school, I taught for a non-profit and gained experiences with all the grades in between. Since our school was located in the neighborhood where refugees were resettled, I ended up with a lot of newcomer students. We were their first school when they arrived in the U.S., and they usually moved after their family got comfortable here. This year, I moved to Saudi Arabia with my husband and am teaching in an international school. I teach first grade, as a normal classroom teacher. Therefore, I teach ELA, math, social studies, and science. Most of the students in my class had no prior experience with English, so I've embraced the role as a sheltered-English teacher.
I mix language learning with content. One, teaching just grammar, mechanics, random vocabulary, etc. bores me to the core. Two, in all of my teaching situations, the only education the students were getting was in English. They deserve to learn about the world around them just as much as their English-speaking peers!
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I have a Master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) and a k-12 teaching certification from the state of Maryland. My original certification is in ESOL (k-12), but I hold additional endorsements in special education and middle school ELA and mathematics.
I live in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia with my husband and two cats, Sylvia and Habeeb. I love coffee, cats, cooking, and my computer. These are the 4C's to a happy day.
English Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, World History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Religion, For All Subject Areas, Word Problems, Study Skills, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading