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B.A. English M.S. Education NBPTS, English as a New Language

Mrs. Jessica Spalo

I am happy to welcome you to our ESL class. I have taught English as a Second Language for fifteen years.  As a child of an immigrant father I was taught to speak Spanish at a very young age.  Being bilingual has given me many opportunities throughout my life. As a Mexican-American, I have learned to navigate among two cultures. I was the first in my familiy to attend college and graduated with a B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University in 2001. Five years later, in 2005, I graduated with my Masters in Education in addition to gaining my ESL endorsement.  I have taught at Brooks, Lukancic and Humphrey middle schools throughout my career with Valley View School district. I received National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2009. Over the years, I have taught students from over 30+ countries from around the world. It has been a pleasure to learn about my students' customs, religions and cultures. I love learning alongside my students. My hope is to inspire each student to love learning. My wish is that they gain an understanding of our world through the literature we read together and offer writing opportunities to help them express their thoughts every day.

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Mrs. Spalo's Favorite Quote

"Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves-and be free." 

Cesar Chavez