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Topics: Instructional Technology, The Power of Blogging, English Language Learners, ESL, Language Acquisition, Digital Citizenship, Embracing Cultural Diversity in Education, Culturally Inclusive Teaching, Empowering Diverse Learners, Positive and Proactive Classroom Management, Growth Mindset, Globally Connected Teachers and Students, Global Education, Multiculturalism, Generating Parental Support, Overcoming Language Barriers.
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My name is Anabel Gonzalez and I am a secondary ESL teacher in Mooresville, North Carolina. I began my teaching career as a Business Education teacher in 1996 and transitioned into the ESL field in January 2012. I have a master’s degree in instructional technology and completed additional postgraduate work in curriculum and instruction. In addition to classroom teaching, I also have experience in instructional technology training and coaching.
I love to teach because I love to learn and because I love young people. I especially love using technology to enhance learning and to connect with others beyond our local area. I am blessed to be a part of a dynamic, 1:1 laptop school district where technology is used seamlessly and purposefully to drive academic excellence, as well as to differentiate, personalize and tear down classroom walls. I love being able to travel and meet people from around the world without leaving home.
In my role I wear many hats. To my students, I am a guidance counselor, academic advisor, case manager, translator, personal technology trainer, motivator and above all, advocate.To my fellow teachers, I am an ESL instructional coach, sharing ideas and strategies to help them reach ELLs in their classes. Like many of my students, I didn’t speak English until I entered Kindergarten and am fully bilingual (English/Spanish). My personal experience and family background have given me a keen understanding of language acquisition and cultural diversity.
In addition to ESL, my teaching licenses include Instructional Technology Specialist, Curriculum Specialist, Vocational Business Education, Reading (K-12) and Elementary Education. Aside from English language learners and language acquisition, I am passionately interested in expanding conversations about multiculturalism, digital citizenship, growth mindset, and global connections. I believe we have the responsibility to help ready our learners for an ever-changing, technology-rich global marketplace.
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