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Sarah  Bolivian born. VA raised. Mama to boys. ESOL teacher. | ✨ amazon classroom wishlist ⬇️

cloudy skies and tons of ☔️ today. it’s been a great day so far. kind of quiet, kind of calm— lots of learning all around. happy Monday! ☁️☁️☁️

first snow of the season. autumn and this beautiful winter wonderland meet. snow ❄️ is a first experience for many of my students. oh to be child like again and be enchanted by the beauty of nature. 🍂❄️✨

Mondays are always better with a cup of strong coffee to start off the day. 💪🏽🍃✨ #teacherlife

fridays+ autumn 🍂🍃🙌🏼✨

You guys it’s been a month since this happened! 😍 Words will never quite capture how the resources we’ve received have changed the lives of my students! As I was working with one group of students in stations this morning— I was overhearing Mr. Henderson, our classroom volunteer (the sweetest and kindest elderly man) read with another group of students. “Good night moon... Good night cow jumping over the moon...” These are the moments we live for. This is when lives are changed—in the everyday, mundane moments. Thank you for your outpouring of love! Thank you for the resources that continue arriving! We are books smarter thanks to you! THANK YOU dearest @kristenanniebell for sharing our story with the world! You are so appreciated! xx 👩🏻‍🏫✨📚💛 .
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Today’s teacher of #10featuredteachers Round 2 is Sarah! Her message went straight to my ❤️: “Hello! My name is Sarah. I am an ESOL (English as a Second Language) high school teacher in Falls Church, VA. I teach SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) Numeracy. All of my students have zero (yes—this is real) to just a few years of formal schooling. Because of their age—they are placed in high school. Many of my students do not only have limited English skills but they have also faced serious trauma on their journey to the United States. When a person has not attended school for many years— it’s difficult for them to engage, adapt to their new environment. I need all types of simple resources to help them. Their current level of education will not define their future. It truly takes a community who believes in them to support them and help them move forward. We read simple books. We are learning Kindergarten math. Everything is new to my group of students. I try very hard to create a safe and inviting classroom. In this day and age, it’s an injustice to be 15 years old and not have had access to school in your life. Thank you in advance for supporting our classroom! 💛” Let’s be a part of the community that helps her students thrive! Sarah’s wishlist will be in my bio and stories all day! Thank you everyone! 🍎📚😍🖍👏🏻

to think about one hundred years ago— women couldn’t vote. what a privilege to have the opportunity to cast my vote today. let’s continue showing up big time! ❤️
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#votewithus #pancakesandbooks #10featuredteachers

{ swipe left } As I introduced ordinal numbers this week— I discovered that my kiddos did not know the months of the year in English or Spanish. I mean I should have known— but it still took me by surprise. So much so that I couldn’t shake it off. How do you plan life without knowing the months of the year? What guides you? These kids are true survivors! It brings me back to the fact that no high school aged student should ever have to suffer such injustice of being denied a proper education early on in their life. Thank you for standing up as a voice for my students. Every gift big and small is making the difference! 📚👩🏻‍🏫✨ .
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#studentswithinterruptededucation

I am a lamp junkie! Lamps and hanging lights are my jam. Mainly because of the cozy atmosphere they create. I open the blinds to invite natural light and turn on all lamps that are scattered around my classroom. It sets the scene for the day. It creates that cozy and inviting atmosphere that lets my students know we are ready to learn. I picture myself saying “You guys learning is about to happen in this room!” as the lights come alive which of course in the end—I never verbalize. We’ve stayed away from our regular classroom lights all school year. I have to confess that I kind of like it better this way. Each classroom is a home! Home feels like home with the lamps and hanging lights turned on.✨

we’ve been reading “Who is Malala Yousafzai?” in class. you know it’s a good book when the kiddos ask you to read one more chapter. how cool would it be to meet her in person! her passion for education is mind-blowing, it’s contagious! we cheered and clapped today after we finished reading the chapter about her speech at the United Nations! what a brave, BRAVE woman you are @malala! x

just recently—I discovered a podcast called @whatshouldireadnext! it’s such a delight to listen to. as a mama and teacher— I have focused my reading mostly on non-fiction. I was trying to remember what it feels like to enjoy a good fiction book. that simple joy of just reading to enjoy! no need to annotate or take notes on the side. x 💛

how do you overcome the intensity of teaching within the school day? by drinking a strong 💪🏼 cup of coffee. this might sound silly. but I can’t picture a school day without coffee. ohhh I do love ☕️ for sure! 💛 happy Friday eve! x

today was the first time I didn’t have to find myself redirecting my kiddos during reading time because you guys gifted us simple books. I saw how they picked one book after the other and just read because simple is what they needed. 😭 you know that phrase “don’t despise small beginnings.” thank you for loving my kiddos so well. there’s such a huge gratitude in my heart for every gift that has been delivered and for the ones that are on their way. 💛📚✨

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