ESOL Awards

DCSS Honors Exemplary English Learner and ESOL Teacher
Posted on 04/11/2024
The Douglas County School System's English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is thrilled to recognize two outstanding individuals and their significant contributions to the success of the English Learners (EL) program in Douglas County Schools! Joshua Ferreira Cruz, a student at Chapel Hill High School, has been named the Exemplary English Learner while Mrs. France Robinson, the ESOL teacher at New Manchester Elementary School, has been named the district's Exemplary ESOL Educator for the 2023-2024 school year.

Upon arrival into the United States in 2022, 12th-grader Joshua Ferreira Cruz began attending Chapel Hill High School, immediately standing out as a leader and exemplary English learner in the program. He excelled as a soccer player during the 2022-2023 school year and has been an active member of the service leadership organization Chapel Hill’s “Todos Juntos” Club for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

Joshua’s diligence in his academics has contributed to the rapid improvement of his English proficiency over the past two years. In fact, he gives his all in every endeavor, which shows with his current 98 in Chemistry and 99 in Calculus. The young scholar has also served as a peer mentor and support for his peers, particularly those who are newcomers.

“Joshua respects his classmates and teachers, is a blessing to everyone he encounters, and is highly deserving of the Exemplary EL Award,” said Principal Nicole Watson.

Mrs. Robinson is an exemplary ESOL teacher who continues to leave an indelible mark on the lives of all students. She demonstrates dedication to continuous improvement through ongoing professional development, reflective practices and works to enhance teaching effectiveness when working with New Manchester Elementary’s EL population.

Robinson plays such important roles within the educational community, serving as both lead mentor and a valuable member of the leadership team.

“What sets Mrs. Robinson apart is her demonstration of professionalism in all facets of her role as an ESOL teacher. From meticulously planning engaging lessons to maintaining open lines of communication with students, parents, and colleagues, her professionalism serves as a guide for the students and fellow educators,” said Principal Tanyia Clagette of New Manchester Elementary School. “She sets the standard for excellence within the school. With an acute understanding of their diverse needs, Mrs. Robinson goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her English-learning students by offering support for the students in and out of the classroom,” she added.

“We are incredibly proud and grateful for Ms. Robinson’s remarkable leadership and commitment to ESOL students within the Douglas County School System. Her dedication to empowering English language learners exemplifies the highest standards of teaching excellence,” said Superintendent Trent North.

Congratulations to both Joshua Ferreira Cruz and Mrs. France Robinson!
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