Just a little bit about me:
An English as Second Language Teacher who loves going above and beyond to support and inspire ELLs!
My name is Astrid Emily Francis, I was born in Guatemala and came to the U.S.A. at the age of 15. I am married to a wonderful and supporting man...David. I have two wonderful children, David is 16 and Hannah is 3. I am the oldest of 5 children ( I have 3 sisters and a brother). I adore my mother Leslie whose strength is the reason I am able to live my dream.
This is my 6th year teaching English as a Second Language at W.M. Irvin Elementary School in Concord, North Carolina. In this role I serve students in Kindergarten-5th grade in various English proficiency levels. My experience as an English language learner inspired me to become an ESL teacher. I have a deep understanding of the challenges my students must overcome in order to find success. I go above and beyond my teaching responsibilities to build a school-community relationship in support of student learning.
I earned a BA in Spanish, and an MAT in Teaching ESL from UNC-Charlotte. I've served as a professional development facilitator, motivational speaker for newly hired teachers, ESL PLC co-lead, teacher liaison for Cabarrus County Board of Education as Teacher of the Year 2016, cooperating teacher, and mentor to beginning ESL teachers. As a leader, my motto and focus is to INSPIRE students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more!