Linda Hennessy


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ELL Teacher

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Linda Hennessy

My name is Linda Hennessy and this is my 12th year teaching ELL in FCPS and my 9th year teaching at Whittier Elementary School.  I am originally from Italy.  I moved to the United States in 2003. In Italy I earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (I studied English, French, and German), and I have a Master of Science degree in Education and ESL (English as a Second Language) from the George Washington University.

I became an ELL teacher because I enjoy working with students who come from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  I feel that I can relate to my students because of my own experiences coming from a different country and having to adjust to live in a new one. I also had to experience firsthand the process of learning a new language with its nuances, idioms, and cultural references.
As an ELL teacher I am aware of the challenges my students have to face, and I want to make sure they have the support and background knowledge they need to succeed in school.
As a result, I work closely with the classroom teachers to ensure students are getting the specialized instruction they need to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

I live in Frederick, and I have two bilingual children, Daniel and Julia. I love traveling, and I usually go back to Italy to see my family in the summer. I also enjoy walking my dog Angelo.

I am very excited to get to know your family and to work with your child this year.