Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Northern Illinois University Elementary Education Middle School Endorsement Masters in Teaching & Learning University of St. Francis ESL Endorsement *persuing Educational Technology Endorsement & Google Level 1 Certification

Mrs. Yvette Almaraz

Hello, and welcome to a new school year!  I am Wood View's ESL teacher.  I support student's with English Language development. I have over 10 years of classroom teaching experience and also enjoy working with students that are learning a second language.  I am confident that I can work together with the classroom teacher and you to help your child have a successful school year.
As part of our ESL (English as a Second Language) program, your child will receive extra English language instruction in a small group setting. In class, we work on developing English vocabulary and usage in each language area: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.  Our curriculum also ties to the ELA standards along with Science and Social Studies Core Content areas as we also work to increase academic vocabulary. Your child’s English development will be measured by three standardized tests: the WIDA MODEL at the beginning and at the middle of the year, and ACCESS in late January. Kindergarteners’ English development will be reported using the KIDS Assessment Tool.  Students in first through fifth grades will receive an ELL Reporting Tool to show English development in each language area.  These will be sent home each grading period with your child’s report card.