Degrees and Certifications:
I am DeeDee. I started teaching Kindergarten many years ago, moved on to teaching elementary at an International School in Europe, and now teaching ELA/ESL/ESOL at a public high school in SC.
I had attended the Graduate School of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, completed successfully 22 graduate units and Praxis tests, and was granted a Graduate Certificate called ACT-1 (Advanced Certification in Teaching English K-12) which led to my licensure/teaching certification from the New Jersey Department of Education. I had graduated this April 2018 at the Grand Canyon University with a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I had also completed successfully my certifications in ESOL and Gifted and Talented.
My purpose of pursuing this program MA TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) of study at Grand Canyon University is because I had been placed in a classroom defined by second language acquisition, linguistics, and English to Speakers of Other Languages which I had found fascinating. I am in daily contact with my linguistically and culturally diverse students who are monitored and tested three times a year through our Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation assessment.
Teaching English as a Second Language in my very own classroom has motivated me to pursue MA TESOL although my interest in Special Education has never waned and would plan to do later. Seeing my lovely ELLs (English Learners) advance from one level to the next, helping them to achieve better grades in other content areas of study, and succeeding inspired me to pursue MA TESOL. My focus is to provide a systematic and intensive instruction in many of the important words that occur frequently in academic discussions and texts. My goal is to give these students the academic vocabulary they require to narrow the achievement gap that often exists between them and their English-speaking peers. I believe that students who struggle to read content texts will eventually be able to master challenging academic content and write using academic vocabulary.
In my spare time, I love being with my diverse families and friends, traveling, riding, scuba diving, sailing, and volunteering at the church for activities meant to give love, support, and assistance especially to those who needed it most. The most exciting event organized by our church so far was being a partner to a very lovely handicapped man with severe disabilities during the Night to Shine Prom sponsored by the Tebow Foundation. This nation-wide event takes place every year in honor of all people who have special needs. This had been such a blessing because it made me more compassionate and aware of different people from all over. I have such great interest in taking courses in Special Education later.
I speak and write fluently in several languages (German, French, Tagalog, Spanish (Europe-based), Japanese, and English having come from Asia originally(Philippines)and lived in Europe since Kindergarten age; traveled extensively around the world-all over Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, South Africa, Latin/South America, the Caribbean islands and now here in South Carolina where I had moved three years ago from New Jersey.