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Give Light
Learn from the past. Teach in the present. Illuminate the future.


Claudia C. Classen

Williamson County Schools
ESL Teacher
Franklin, TN
Born in Argentina, I came to the U.S. at the age of 8. Not speaking any English, there was no learning from 2-4 grade while I began to understand the language. I had lost two years of my life without any additional instruction while I learned English. It was not just about learning English- my self-esteem was also another issue that became a struggle. When the 3.5-6.0 students begin to understand the language, they need extra assistance while they expand. I wish I had an ESL teacher while I sat in the classroom for my first 2 years.
Now my passion is to assist all EL's and their teachers, so we can bridge that gap together.