We got scheduled for an ESL class as soon as we started school. ESL stands for English as a Second Language. My ESL teacher was Mrs. Miller, a Filipino woman who was studying to get her Doctorate in a university near by. She spoke limited Spanish, but her goal was to teach us more about American Culture and assimilating to the school
|Mrs. Miller and two classmates|
Mrs. Miller was more than a teacher to us, she was an advocate for those of us who didn't speak English in my school. When I first met her, she looked at my grades from my school in Mexico and had me switched from Geometry to Algebra, because I had very high grades in Algebra in Mexico.... (side story, I could have taught Algebra class, I knew everything that was being taught in class, only had to learn the English part)
|Mrs. Miller's 1998 ELS class. Two of my sisters are in this photograph|
Mrs. Miller had the challenging task of working with kids of varying ages, the youngest was 12, and the oldest was 19; and helping us with homework assignments from all subjects.
Mrs. Miller gave me a Spanish English dictionary that I used until it fell apart.
Mrs. Miller showed us Star Wars, because she wanted us to learn about some pop culture things, she also let us watch Saved By The Bell and The Simpson a few times.
One of my fondest memories of Mrs. Miller, was when she gave my family a Christmas tree. We didn't have one, most likely because we couldn't afford one. She bought one for the classroom, for our Christmas party, then asked if we wanted it, to which we responded with a very enthusiastic yes! Mrs. Miller made our Christmas !!
I only took ESL for 1 year, my goal was to graduate High School and go to college, leaving no room for ESL classes, but if I needed help, I could always visit the ESL classroom to talk to Mrs. Miller, or Mrs. Reed in my last year.
Did you take Algebra in school?
How about Geometry?
Was there an ESL teacher in your school?
Did you have a teacher you always knew you could count on for help?