My name is Susan and I have been teaching Multilingual Learners since 2010, and 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 was a transplant in my own city. I missed 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. I feel that it’s my job to spread strategies and resources on how to support our students and help them be successful in the classroom and beyond.
Most recently, I've developed a course for some ESL teaching essentials and developed a membership for high school teachers of MLLs, or multilingual learners.
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 PD for virtual conferences (check some out in the PD section of the site!)