English as a third language

English Learners program continues to grow during pandemic

“We didn’t want to lose them, see them drop out, or lose engagement. We wanted them to know they weren’t alone,” said Nicholson. “We didn’t want to lose that partnership relationship with the family, and we definitely don’t want to lose the language proficiency the students have gained.”

EL Paraeducator Kelly Spencer (and her goats) read to her students during remote learning.

“We have some kids that may be refugees, so now they’re facing major trauma, having to learn English, and don’t feel connected,” said Nicholson.

Helping kids learn is the driving force behind all we do in the Bethel School District.