Every year in May, we celebrate our teachers! One great teacher can make all the difference. Teachers may not always see the impact of their work on kids and families, but the testimonies we received from parents, teachers, and students themselves are proof that good teaching is a powerful thing. Get inspired by the voices of appreciation here — and send a note to a teacher who has made a difference in your life.
Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.”
Stories from the heart
Building bridges to the future
Originally from China, Xiao-lin Yin-Croft learned English as an adult and now helps young Chinese students in the U.S. bridge the cultural and language gap that they face from an early age. Xiao-lin shares her experiences coming of age as a student in China’s Cultural Revolution, describes the strategies she uses to help her students develop the language and reading skills they need, and discusses the factors she believes are contributing to her students’ success.
Drawing inspiration from her “heroes and sheroes”
Inès Millin Mevs is an ELL teacher at Boca Raton Community High School in Florida. She has just published an ELL student writing workbook entitled Think Write Book: A Sentence Combining Workbook for ELL Students, which offers language development exercises designed to improve ELLs’ writing skills. Ms. Mevs discusses the book, her motivation for writing it, and the many ways in which her students — her “heroes and sheroes” — inspire her each day.
Teaching ELLs how to succeed
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Felix A. Herrera is a native of El Salvador with a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution. He 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. 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.
The support students need
A native of Colombia, Claudia Navarro has lived in the U.S. for more than 27 years and now provides academic support in content areas to ELL students at her high school. The mother of sons who are enrolled at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, Claudia is currently going back to school to earn her bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Claudia describes what makes her work as a paraprofessional unique, how teachers and paraprofessionals can best work together, and the support she offers to her students to help them succeed.
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Voices of appreciation
A good teacher gives kids two invaluable gifts: the tools they need to learn, and the drive to want to learn. Discover how great teachers around the country have put these gifts into action.