The 2020-2021 school year marks my seventh year as an ESL teacher at Farrington, and my seventeenth year in ESL overall. This year, I work with students, primarily in Grades 3 through 6, who have an intermediate or advanced level of English proficiency. In past years, I taught beginners as well. In Augusta, I have taught English Language Learners both at the middle school level and at Cony High School. My teaching certifications are in K-12 ESL and 7-12 English and Social Studies.
Originally from Rhode Island, I graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in both History and Secondary Education. Next, I earned a Master's Degree in U.S. History from the University of Notre Dame, and went on to teach social studies at the University of San Diego High School in California. When I moved to Maine, I taught high school English and then took time off (a lot of time!) to stay home with my children. All four of my sons attended Farrington, graduated from Cony, and went on to graduate from college.
When I arrived at Farrington in the fall of 2013, there were only 10 ELLs (English Language Learners). Beginning in October 2013, we began welcoming many new students needing to learn English, and today we have more than 50 students in our K-6 program. Currently, the home languages of students in our school are Arabic, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, Spanish, and Cantonese. The cultural diversity in Augusta is becoming richer all the time, and I am fortunate to meet some wonderful people from all over the world!
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