I always knew that I had a heart for both teaching and learning. One of the most defining moments in my life came to me as an ESOL student struggling to learn how to read and write in English. I can remember feeling defeated and discouraged and “unteachable” until I had the great privilege of running into a teacher that restored my confidence in my ability to learn and that helped to foster a love of learning that still burns brightly within me. From the many things I learned from her, the one thing that stood out the most was that one person, one teacher, can make all the difference in the life of a student. With this in mind, I knew from an early age that I wanted to help others learn. My is goal to serve as an inspiration to my ESOL students so they too can overcome the obstacles of learning a new language. I strive to encourage my students to believe that with hard work and determination, they can become successful in what they aspire to do in life. My teaching philosophy is centered on my role as a support scaffold for classroom teachers. My job is to provide reading and writing instruction based on WIDA standards that would promote the learning of important key literacy skills that enable academic success in the general classroom setting. My focus is to create individualized differentiated learning experiences that not only engage students but empower them as well to learn through exploration, discovery, and hands on activities. In partnership with my parents and fellow teachers, I believe every student can learn!