Archive for September, 2014

ESL Classes Have Begun!

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I am very happy to announce that we started ESL classes this past Monday, September 29th! I am thrilled to be working with so many different students with such diverse backgrounds. We will be focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at! As I get into the swing of things, I will be posting more information here!

In the meantime, I LOVE infographics and thought this one was a great read. Now let’s go read a book together!



Hello, hola, ni hao!

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Hello! My name is Ayesha Sumbal and I am the new ESL teacher at William Ray Elementary! I am very excited to join the team here at Ray in beautiful Hyde Park! I am originally from Michigan, spent some time teaching in Phoenix, Arizona and most recently finished a two year assignment in Shanghai, China. I am thrilled to be back on U.S. soil and am loving Chicago so far!

ESL Update: I am currently working on testing students. This should be completed within two weeks, and then I will start pulling students for additional support. Thank you for your patience while I get all students tested!