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  • Hudson Elementary School
  • Hudson, NC
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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I have about 60 students at 2 schools. One of my schools has about 700 students, and the other has 300 students. These schools are within 5 miles of each other and are very similar economically (both have between 50-60% free and reduced lunch). My students are in Kindergarten - 5th grade. Most were born in the United States to Spanish-speaking parents. When they come to school they do not know much English. They struggle to communicate simple things like "I need to go to the bathroom" or "I want an apple." You can imagine how exhausting it can be to attend school where you do not know anything that is being said and cannot say anything that others understand. My students are hard-workers. Many of them place out of ESL by 4th or 5th grade which means they have learned English well enough to communicate not just simple conversations, but also hard, complex academic material such as life cycles and context clues.

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I have about 60 students at 2 schools. One of my schools has about 700 students, and the other has 300 students. These schools are within 5 miles of each other and are very similar economically (both have between 50-60% free and reduced lunch). My students are in Kindergarten - 5th grade. Most were born in the United States to Spanish-speaking parents. When they come to school they do not know much English. They struggle to communicate simple things like "I need to go to the bathroom" or "I want an apple." You can imagine how exhausting it can be to attend school where you do not know anything that is being said and cannot say anything that others understand. My students are hard-workers. Many of them place out of ESL by 4th or 5th grade which means they have learned English well enough to communicate not just simple conversations, but also hard, complex academic material such as life cycles and context clues.

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