I am currently in my fourth year as an English as a new language (ENL) teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools. A significant amount of my students have had interrupted formal education (SIFE). I have designed my resources with both them and traditional English language learners (ELLs) in mind. During my time as an ENL teacher, I have taught stand-alone ENL classes, as well as collaborated with content-area teachers under a co-teaching model to deliver sheltered instruction that integrates both content and language instruction for students. I have also led professional development workshops in my school that focused on how to effectively teach academic skills to ELLs.
I create resources for beginner to intermediate ENL students to practice reading and responding to fictional stories and informational texts. I design my resources for upper-level elementary, middle school, and high school ENL students. While I often find resources that are appropriate for my students' levels of language proficiency, there is a scarcity of resources that are also age-appropriate. My goal is to create engaging, culturally relevant ENL materials that are appropriate for both.
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B.A. Classical Studies, Siena College, 2009. Ed.M. ESOL, The University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2013.
I studied abroad in Athens, Greece from 2008-09. I think about going back every day.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Art History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Short Stories, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Informational Text