Damaris Gutierrez is an instructional support teacher for elementary reading and writing instruction in San Antonio, Texas. She supports campuses that have linguistically and culturally diverse English Learners and develops literacy curriculum. Gutierrez is a National Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language: Early and Middle Childhood. While completing her certification process, she was a newcomer ESL teacher to refugee students from around the world. She is very passionate about second language acquisition and equity educational opportunities.
A Teacher’s Community: It Takes a Village
January 11, 2018
I can remember the many emotions I felt when I became a newcomer ESL teacher. Excited because I was going to have different languages and countries represented in my classroom. Thrilled because I was going to truly have an ESL teaching experience – which in San Antonio is hard to find. Amazed because friendships were going to blossom, even those once separated by continents. Lastly, I was eager because I was going to be the first ever teacher for several of my 3rd and 4th grade students. With all these emotions, I really hadn’t thought about how I was going…Read More