Carol Hofer, NBCT

Carol Pierobon Hofer (NBCT - English as a New Language, Early and Middle Childhood) teaches ENL at Fox Hill Elementary in Indianapolis. Carol, who came to the United States at age 18, helps her school community as interpreter, translator and family liaison. In her 27-year career she’s taught all age groups from preschoolers to senior citizens, but don’t ask her to choose a favorite. Carol currently mentors NBCT candidates throughout Indiana, and is a workshop leader and site visitor for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. This year, she is a WIDA Fellow, chosen for her exemplary service to bilingual and multilingual students. A Fulbright Educator Exchange in Uruguay ten years ago led to lasting ties and now Carol is the proud madrina (godmother) of a rural school, where she remotely and joyously connects with students learning English. A world traveler and polyglot, Carol says she feels at home in any part of our planet because, as Maya Angelou said in her poem Human Family, “We are more alike my friends, than we are unlike.”
Time to Get Health Literacy off Life Support
Carol Hofer, NBCTAugust 18, 2020

It’s hard to compete with an octopus – no, not at arm wrestling – but at capturing and sustaining a young reader’s attention. Three hearts – in one body!  Blue blood — the real, not fake princess, stuff!  But just as COVID-19 changed how we teach, it’s time to change what we teach. As much as I love books about animals, we need to turn inward and learn more about us humans. Unlike cars, people don’t come with owner’s manuals, and the pandemic blew open the hood to expose a U.S. population that is health illiterate.  The National Assessment of…

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