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Connecting Communities through Our Languages, Cultures, and Stories

Forty-two Years of Educational Excellence for English Learners & Biliteracy for All

March 29 - April 1, 2017

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Anaheim, California 


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Veronica McLane

Los Angeles Unified School District
Spanish Dual Language Program, 2nd grade
Los Angeles, CA

I am originally from Mexico. I grew up in the beautiful Southeastern city of Cancún. I attended school in this city till the 8th grade, and then my family moved to the United States.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I didn't speak any English. My journey in the American school system was challenging but I learned a lot. With my family's support, I was able to overcome many adversities! After only 3 years of being in the United States, I graduated from South Gate High School being 3rd in my class of 1,200 students. I then attended Occidental College, a private university where I studied Biochemistry and Spanish Literature and culture. I was on my way to Medical School... but after being offered the opportunity to be a bilingual teacher, I fell in love with the organic learning experiences of the classroom. I fell in love with teaching and a new way of learning!!! I attended Cal State University Dominguez Hills where I received my Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification in Spanish. I am a science and languages lover!
I love languages and I love helping others learn a new language by using my own experience to connect with them.
I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at Farmdale Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School. I am part of the Dual Language Program and work closely with Mrs. Eckert, my grade level team partner. I have worked with LAUSD in various capacities and at various grade levels. However, I have greatly enjoyed teaching in the Dual Language Program. It has been a time of great learning for me, and it has been thrilling to see the development of bi-literacy firsthand.
Although bi-literacy has many shapes and faces, it has been a privilege to partner with families in developing their child’s Spanish as a second, and even a third language. Learning Spanish in the United States is a unique experience that varies from what we would expect to see in other Spanish speaking countries.
Learning to identify where each student is in the language learning continuum, has been at times an adventure. With the help of the Dual Language Office of Los Angeles Unified School District, we have developed benchmarks to help us understand, define, and be able to communicate the growth of the oral language development of our students.


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