ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Heidi Velasquez

Heidi Velasquez

I graduated Arkansas Tech University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts and an endorsement in ESOL. I am happily married, and have two amazing children. I began teaching in 2021. I previously taught Spanish/ ESL at Russellville Junior High School.

I love to motivate my students and make learning an enjoyable experience. I believe that building rapport and providing a comfortable but challenging enough environment for their growth is my main responsibility. Teaching is my passion and I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to watch your children grow and thrive at their own pace. 

As ESL Teacher, I am responsible for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) how to speak, listen, read, and write in English. I, along with an instructional assistant, service these students at various levels depending on their language acquisition. Students in non-native English speaking families are screened as they enter the Russellville School District and assessed annually on their abilities in the four areas of English language. Students are serviced or monitored by the program throughout their school career. We work toward the comprehension of how English looks, sounds, and is used in everyday social affairs, as well as academically. Students are encouraged to use their native language and maintain it for family, cultural, and their job marketability in the future.