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“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

‒Charlemagne

I am happy to be a part of the Timber Creek Elementary staff as your ESL Specialist!  
 
I have over 20 years of teaching experience in public school districts and private school. I earned my B.A. from Texas A & M University and my M.Ed.in reading from Sam Houston State University.  I hold certification in Elementary Self-Contained (1-8), English Secondary (6-12),  ESL (EC-12) and as a Reading Specialist (EC-12).  I've been and ELA/SS teacher in grades 3-6 for 20 years in both Aldine ISD and Spring ISD.  I've also served as the ESL teacher/campus coordinator in both Spring ISD and Tomball ISD. 
 
I believe that learning multiple languages opens a world of possibilities and understanding to a human being, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with language learners at our campus. At TCES,  we are proud that our ELLS master English rapidly and excel in academics through both the co-teach and intervention models.
 
Please contact me if you have questions about:
  • how students are identified for the ESL program
  • how students receive ESL services at TCES
  • how students can receive dual language services
  • how students exit the ESL program
 
Thank you for the privilege of working with your students!
 
 

“One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.”

‒Frank Smith, internationally-known psycholinguist and author

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

‒Flora Lewis, award-winning journalist and author

 

 

 

 

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We have just finished TELPAS assessments for all students in the ESL program at Timber Creek. TELPAS stands for Texas English Proficiency Assessment System; it is the way the state measures a student's progress in acquiring the English language. TELPAS measures four domains: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Each domain is given a  rating of beginner, intermediate, advanced or advanced high. Students are expected to advance at least one level in each domain every year.  
 
Starting in February each year, teachers begin collecting writing samples to assess their students' levels in writing. In kindergarten through grade 1, teachers give holistic ratings to their students in the other domains of listening, speaking and reading. In grades 2-5, listening and speaking tests as well as a reading test is conducted on the computer. 
 
Scores will be available for parents to access in late May. More information will be provided at that time.