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Hello HGCS Parents/Students/Guardians. Welcome to the  ELD page! 
ELD stands for English Language Development: Instruction designed specifically for English language learners to develop their academic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. This type of instruction was also known in the past as: English as a Second Language (ESL).
I offer support for 5th-8th grade ELD students to enhance their learning in their education experience. I pull out small groups of  EL students to develop and practice targeted English language skills as it pertains to their classroom academic goals. Additionally, I instruct within the classroom with my EL students as classroom language/academic support. It is my goal to elevate English language skills for my students so they may be successful both in their classrooms and in life beyond.  
I am born and raised in San Diego. I am the mother of one adult son at SDSU majoring in U.S. History and is on track to enter the Air Force officer program with the goal of becoming an Air Force pilot (I'm very proud of him!). I am married; my wonderful wife is a professionally trained chef at a top, 5 Star restaurant in San Diego. I have been in the education field for over 10 years. My education is as follows: BA degree in Early Childhood Education/emphasis in Child Development (Cum Laude grad); MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching {Magna Cum Laude grad}) in Learning in a Global Society (aka Diversity Education) and; Family Services Credential in Social Work. Additionally, I am currently pursuing a TESOL Certificate (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from University of Arizona. I am VERY excited about our new school year! Thank you for trusting your children to me. I am grateful.
Sincerely, Ms. Sheryl