Nicole is a high school ENL teacher for the Riverhead Central School District. She has been teaching in Riverhead for 9 years and prior was a Spanish teacher for the NYC DOE for 5 years. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in Spanish Language and Literature and completed her master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Lehman College in the Bronx. She has a love of all cultures and languages and has a passion for working with children. Nicole’s other passion is spending time with her husband and 2 young children.
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Instructor: Nicole Martinez email@example.com 3 credits/45 hours In service credit only Course Description: English Language Learners (ELLs) are a diverse group of students who are faced with learning a new language and content at grade level while simultaneously immersing themselves into a new cultural and school setting. This challenge becomes even harder when the ELL student has interrupted or inconsistent formal education, also known as, SIFE. SIFE ELLs come with a unique set of needs and aspirations. As teachers we must get to know our students, understand the issues they may face, and provide the support they need on their level. Participants of this course will gain an understanding of who SIFEs are, what makes their needs unique, support at school-wide and classroom levels, as well as actionable practices. Suitable all educators and staff K-12.