Phone Number: 240-236-2436
My name is Christopher Hennessy and I am one of the English Learner (EL) teachers at Orchard Grove Elementary School. The EL program provides intensive English instruction and support for English learners in total English immersion settings. The goal of the EL program is to help EL students attain English proficiency so that each student can achieve at high levels in core academic subjects and meet the same student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet. Students in the EL program receive instruction and support in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.
I received a bachelor's degree in English Language & Literature, and I received a master's degree in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), as well as an additional master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Having studied abroad and learned a second language as a student myself, I am very sensitive to the numerous educational, psychological, and social needs of language learners. I became an EL teacher because of these experiences and because I enjoy teaching and working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I also enjoy traveling, and I have spent several years learning languages and teaching English while living and studying abroad.
I am very excited to be teaching English Learners at Orchard Grove Elementary School, and I look forward to working with your child this year!