My name is Susan and I have been teaching Emergent Bilinguals since 2010, and peer coaching since 2018. ESL turned out to be a great fit for me after realizing I could combine my love for reading, writing, and grammar, and other cultures into a career!
It also helped that I failed miserably in college to learn Spanish after receiving a minor. I sympathized with those who had no choice but to learn another language when they moved to another country. I also feel that I connect with my students in the sense that I’m a transplant in my own city. I miss home terribly sometimes, and I can only imagine how some of my students feel when they first come here and are missing their loved ones and native countries.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages is extremely important to me. It’s important that mainstream teachers know how to support them in their own classes, and it’s my job to advocate for them daily in my school. I feel that it’s my job to spread strategies and resources on how to support these students and help them grow.
Peer Coaching is a role that I have been loving since I started in 2018. Helping other teachers has turned into another passion of mine, and I love making connections while showing others how they can make a more linguistically supportive and rigorous environment for their students to grow in English proficiency.
Credentials Bachelor Degree in English, minor in Spanish Graduate Degree in Teaching, emphasis and licensing in ESL PK-12 Additional licensing in SPED K-12, English 7-12, all subjects K-8 TESOL certification ESL Department Co-Chair PD Facilitator at the school and district level