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  • 02/07/2021 1:51 PM
    Message # 10067639

    Please take a moment to introduce yourself.  

  • 02/07/2021 2:01 PM
    Reply # 10067644 on 10067639

    Hello GATESOL Friends,

    My name is Roxanne Stewart and I am your GATESOL Interest Section Leader.  I am truly honored to have the opportunity to network with the members of the K-12 Education Interest Section.  I moved to Georgia from Broward County, Florida in 2007.  I currently serve Cobb County School District as an ESOL Consultant for 112 schools.  I am a former English Learner and fully understand the obstacles linguistically diverse learners experience.  I have a total of 19 years of experience in K-12 education.  My most rewarding teaching experience was working with the Haitian community in Palm Beach County, Florida as a dual language immersion teacher.  I look forward to meeting you.

  • 02/21/2021 3:58 PM
    Reply # 10122359 on 10067639
    Anna Yang

    Hi Roxanne and K-12 friends! My name is Anna Yang. I currently work as an instructional coach in the Gwinnett County Public School's EL Programs Office. I started this position in January 2020, but I have a long history of working with ELs. My parents are Hmong refugees who arrived in the US in the early 80s. I was born and raised here in the US (Kansas), but given our legislative policies in the early 80s, neither I nor my siblings were ever screened for ESOL. Regardless, I got through primary and secondary school, came down to Georgia for college, and started my teaching career in a GCPS high school where I taught sheltered world history. I taught high school for seven years and then transitioned to UGA to work on a grant endorsing classroom teachers in ESOL. When the grant ended, I returned to the classroom where I worked as an 8th grade social studies teacher for 2.5 years and then received the opportunity to move into this district role. I also have my Master's and Ph.D. in TESOL from the University of Georgia. This is my 16th year in education. I am deeply passionate about ELs and equity and look forward to our conversations! 

  • 03/15/2021 12:33 AM
    Reply # 10197181 on 10067639
    Felicia MacFarland

    Hello Roxanne and fellow K-12 educators. I am honored, thrilled, and very green as this year's Secretary for GATESOL. I have had the joy of teaching elementary ESOL students for the past nine years. It took me a roundabout path to get here. My grandmother was a French teacher in Vietnam. My mother was the first to immigrate to the US at the age of 19. She would go on to begin her working career as a nighttime adult ESOL teacher, move to teaching a majority of her working career as an ESOL elementary and middle school teacher's aide, and then working directly with migrant families and the Vietnamese Boat People community.  My aunt was and, currently, my cousin are also ESOL educators. I strayed as I began a career as a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. When the economy tanked in 2009, I saw my out and finally followed my natural path into preparing to teach ESOL students at the elementary level. Here, I have found my joy, my inspiration, and my motivation to continue learning for the benefit of my students and to meet and share with other ESOL professionals. I have presented twice at GATESOL conferences, but this year, I wanted to become more familiar and connected in the organization because I value how it helps educators. I am excited to have a community of teachers that are passionate and also committed to sharing ideas so that we don't feel like we're so isolated. I look forward to attending with you all. 

  • 03/25/2021 6:38 PM
    Reply # 10235503 on 10122359
    Anna Yang wrote:

    Hi Roxanne and K-12 friends! My name is Anna Yang. I currently work as an instructional coach in the Gwinnett County Public School's EL Programs Office. I started this position in January 2020, but I have a long history of working with ELs. My parents are Hmong refugees who arrived in the US in the early 80s. I was born and raised here in the US (Kansas), but given our legislative policies in the early 80s, neither I nor my siblings were ever screened for ESOL. Regardless, I got through primary and secondary school, came down to Georgia for college, and started my teaching career in a GCPS high school where I taught sheltered world history. I taught high school for seven years and then transitioned to UGA to work on a grant endorsing classroom teachers in ESOL. When the grant ended, I returned to the classroom where I worked as an 8th grade social studies teacher for 2.5 years and then received the opportunity to move into this district role. I also have my Master's and Ph.D. in TESOL from the University of Georgia. This is my 16th year in education. I am deeply passionate about ELs and equity and look forward to our conversations! 

    Hello Anna! 

    Thank you so much for replying to this post.  Your background is so interesting.  We are so lucky to have you as a part of this interest section.  I look forward to collaborating with you in the near future.  I am always open to feedback.  Sincerely, Roxanne  

  • 03/25/2021 6:43 PM
    Reply # 10235536 on 10197181
    Felicia MacFarland wrote:

    Hello Roxanne and fellow K-12 educators. I am honored, thrilled, and very green as this year's Secretary for GATESOL. I have had the joy of teaching elementary ESOL students for the past nine years. It took me a roundabout path to get here. My grandmother was a French teacher in Vietnam. My mother was the first to immigrate to the US at the age of 19. She would go on to begin her working career as a nighttime adult ESOL teacher, move to teaching a majority of her working career as an ESOL elementary and middle school teacher's aide, and then working directly with migrant families and the Vietnamese Boat People community.  My aunt was and, currently, my cousin are also ESOL educators. I strayed as I began a career as a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. When the economy tanked in 2009, I saw my out and finally followed my natural path into preparing to teach ESOL students at the elementary level. Here, I have found my joy, my inspiration, and my motivation to continue learning for the benefit of my students and to meet and share with other ESOL professionals. I have presented twice at GATESOL conferences, but this year, I wanted to become more familiar and connected in the organization because I value how it helps educators. I am excited to have a community of teachers that are passionate and also committed to sharing ideas so that we don't feel like we're so isolated. I look forward to attending with you all. 

    Hi Felicia,

    I am so excited to work with you on two committees.  Thank you for replying to this discussion.  You are a pleasure to collaborate with.  I am so glad you "followed your natural path" into the ESOL world.  I agree with you very much in the value of being involved with GATESOL and getting to learn the various ways we can support.  I am planning on presenting at the SETESOL conference this year.  Sincerely, Roxanne


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