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Felix A. Herrera

October 26, 2007 1:17:19 PM

Felix A. Herrera is an ESOL teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he is a native of El Salvador. Mr. Herrera holds a master's degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserves. The pull of the classroom, however, has kept him coming back to teach. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Mr. Herrera offers some of his insights about the problems that ELL students face, as well as the steps that ELL teachers can take to support them.

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Kathleen Leos

Administrator

September 27, 2007 2:25:11 PM

Kathleen Leos is the former Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education (OELA). She is also the mother of five children, whom she raised in Mexico and whose first language was not English. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Leos describes how the issue of educating English language learners started as something personal in her local PTA and then eventually became the central issue in her long and distinguished career in the ELL field.

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Maria Estela Allende Brisk, Ph.D.

McTester

September 04, 2007 10:29:33 AM

Dr. Maria E. Brisk, professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, is a leader in the field of ELL education. Drawing on more than thirty-three years of educational experience, she shares her insights about the role language and culture play in diverse classrooms across the country in this interview. Dr. Brisk is editor of Language, Culture, and Community in Teacher Education, a book that addresses common educational needs among all ELL students.

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Ginny Thomas

Administrator

August 06, 2007 12:16:28 PM

Find out how Ginny Thomas, a High School teacher in Texas, faces the challenges of teaching content to English Language Learners. Also: Some advice on how to get the school year off to a good start!

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Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Administrator

July 25, 2007 12:16:18 PM

Affectionately called "Doctora Palacios" by her class of four year olds, this outstanding teacher continues to achieve success as she follows her passion for teaching.

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Lucía González

June 20, 2007 1:53:58 PM

Lucía González is the associate director for Programming, Literacy, & Youth Services in Broward County, Florida. In charge of program services for 37 branch libraries that serve more approximately two million patrons, Gonzalez has more than 20 years' experience working in libraries.

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José Rodríguez

May 23, 2007 11:42:32 AM

Cirenio "José" Rodríguez, Ph.D., is a professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, at California State University, Sacramento. His department offers graduate programs in educational leadership, helping train educators to become school principals, deans, superintendents and other administrators.

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María Elena Orozco

McTester

March 23, 2007 8:51:58 AM

María Elena Orozco teaches 7th and 8th grade heritage Spanish and Spanish language arts at Benjamin Harrison Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Anne Worrall

Administrator

February 09, 2007 10:35:45 AM

Anne Worrall is principal of Carson Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District. With 15 years of experience as an educator, a master's degree and a Biliterate Certificate of Competence and Cross-Cultural Certificate (among others), Worrall helps her staff focus on language development to deal with the growing needs of her school's ELL population.

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826LA

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:05:03 PM

826LA is an innovative community project designed to help K-12 students develop creative and expository writing skills and to help teachers better teach writing. The nonprofit is one of six sites around the country that matches up volunteer tutors with local students. The overall mission of the project is based on the idea that one-on-one attention facilitates great learning and that writing is critical to success.

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Delores Noble-Parker

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:04:16 PM

Delores Noble-Parker grew up in the Navajo Nation in the Southwestern United States. Her generation was in the middle of a massive cultural shift between the traditional Navajo culture that predominantly spoke the Navajo language and the modern culture that bears the effects of efforts to stamp out the language.

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Christine Rowland

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:03:35 PM

Christine Rowland has been an urban New York City educator for 15 years. She's come a long way from the small, all-girls school she attended in England and knows that coming from another culture has given her just a tiny taste of what immigrants face in a new country.

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Kristina Robertson

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:02:37 PM

Kristina Robertson found her professional calling while serving in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka in the early 1990s. Her stint as an English instructor there inspired her to return to school. After school, she returned to her roots in Minnesota, where she is now an ELL program specialist for the Minneapolis school district.

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Susan Lafond

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:01:52 PM

Susan LaFond, lover of languages, is a natural fit for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). LaFond majored in French and has a master's degree in Spanish. She started teaching Spanish and French nearly twenty years ago, then started teaching ESL as well in 1999. Two years ago, she began teaching ESL only. She teaches at Guilderland High School in upstate New York. She is also a professional development specialist and teaches other educators strategies for teaching ELLs.

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Jesús Yáñez

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:00:30 PM

Jesús Yáñez is a paraprofessional who works with ESL students at South St. Paul High School in Minnesota. A native of Mexico, Mr. Yáñez can relate to the wonder of students from southern climates who have never before seen snow, as well as the bewilderment of students enrolled in classes that are conducted in another language. In an area with a tiny community of Spanish-speaking families, Mr. Yáñez pays extraordinary attention to his students.

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Deborah Wilkes

Administrator

January 24, 2007 2:00:01 PM

Deborah Wilkes grew up on the outskirts of Nottingham, England, in the shadow of Sherwood Forest. While she doesn't claim inspiration from the Robin Hood legend, she does spend a great deal of time helping others. Named North Carolina's "Migrant Teacher of the Year" in 2003, Ms. Wilkes teaches English as a Second Language at Lee County High School in Sanford, North Carolina.

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Mina Flores

Administrator

January 24, 2007 1:59:16 PM

She came to the United States as a teenager, not knowing a word of English. A woman of extraordinary determination and will, Mina pushed herself to learn and to excel, spurred by the thought of her mother, who made a great sacrifice to let her go. Today, a mother herself, Mina chokes up when remembering what her mother gave up so she could have better opportunities.

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Alma Milan

Administrator

January 24, 2007 1:58:49 PM

The needs, struggles, and achievements of English language learners are diverse and unique; understanding them is not always easy for educators. However, some educators were English language learners themselves and therefore have a bit of insiders' knowledge. Such is the case of Alma Milan, a certified ESL teacher at Kosciuszko Middle School. Of Filipino background, she came to the U.S. at age six, knowing three languages — none of which was English.

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Margarita Carrere

Administrator

January 24, 2007 1:57:34 PM

We know that English language learners come from all types of backgrounds: geographic, social, economic, even cultural. We know some of them were born in this country, and some may have come from the southern tip of Chile. A question we sometimes forget to ask is how they got here.

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Cassandra Lawrence

Administrator

January 24, 2007 1:56:43 PM

How about achieving super-hero status? That is exactly what Cassandra Lawrence (also known as "Book Woman") and her fourth grade class did! This yearlong exercise kicked off with Book Woman walking into the classroom — complete with a long black cape lined with book covers.

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