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English language learners have always held a special place in my teaching heart. Perhaps it’s because my own grandfather immigrated to the United Stated without knowing a single word of English. Whenever I meet a newly-arrived ELL, I think of my grandfather as a nine-year-old, and try to be the most compassionate teacher possible.

Helping students gain independence is such a rewarding area of teaching and can not be emphasized enough. Having worked with students in the area of life skills and vocational skills was both rewarding and a blessing. There is nothing like seeing a student being shy about taking on a specific task, not showing any confidence in performing said task, then seeing…

Each year a new batch of students arrives and you can see pretty quickly which students excel with little help, which students are chugging right along at grade level, and which need a little more time, a little more guidance to figure it all out. A few years ago I had a student who…