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  • Linnea Balderrama

Teacher of English Learners @ South Washington Cou...
Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Lang...
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Grade: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Kindergarten
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About Linnea

I have 12 years teaching experience as an elementary ESL teacher in Minnesota with students from about 20 different countries and many language backgrounds.  In 2019 I was nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. It makes my day to see students proud of reaching each goal they set out to conquer!  I've worked with students on English listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary and phonics goals, as well as language-related content goals (science, math, social studies, etc) in order to improve test-taking skills.  While learning, we try to keep things fun with TPR movements, music, etc., as it helps our brain remember when we feel at ease.  However, I also keep high expectations so students grow as much as possible.  That's why my students feel proud of their accomplishments - they worked hard and earned it!

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATES

Bachelor

Bethel University
2003 - 2007

Minnesota Teaching License

Minnesota Teaching License - Minnesota Department of Education
2017 - 2022

Identity Document

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Criminal Record Check

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WORK EXPERIENCE

EL Teacher

South Washington County Schools
Sep 2007 - Aug 2020

Specialities

*Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Training - with this, I learn to identify student's strengths in communication and as learners.  Then, I try to build and bridge to skills that were more challenging for the student.

*In addition to working with typical learners in kindergarten through 5th grade, I also have experience teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities.  I was excited to collaborate with linguistic specialists from throughout the United States on developing Alternate Language Level Descriptors and Can-Do statements for students who have additional cognitive challenges other than learning English.  These experiences have added more variety of strategies to my teaching toolbox.

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