My name is Ella Hotchkiss and I am currently studying to be an ESL teacher at Houghton College. In reality, I am a TESOL and Spanish double major, and I wish to possibly be able to use both of my majors together by working with Spanish-speaking students who are learning English. Even if that does not end up happening, though, I would say that having learned a second language will be helpful for me in teaching students who are likely learning English as a second language (or third or fourth, etc.).
One of my goals is to become more confident as a teacher. I already love working with kids and seeing them finally grasp that concept that had been escaping them. However, I am not yet that confident in delivering a lesson. I hope to gain more confidence during my second practicum placement this semester. I would also like to learn how to better connect with all my students and love them for who they are. In terms of career goals, I would like to become a culturally relevant ESL teacher who works to connect with all my students. The following resources are helpful in starting to think about culturally relevant pedagogy.