English as an Additional Language
Students who work in small groups are clustered by English ability – not age. Therefore, students may be working with others who differ in age and grade-level.
EAL students will have an individualized plan created by Student Support Services and will be regularly assessed. As students progress, it is common that the plan evolves with the ultimate goal of having students operating successfully and independently in the mainstream classroom.
Please note that there are pre-determined guidelines regarding enrollment at AISK and English language proficiency within an academic setting. These are typically reviewed during the AISK admissions process.
Lisa Vickers – Elementary
Lisa Vickers’ teaching career began in Jamaica at a computer-learning center followed by several years teaching science and various elementary grade levels in Florida. Her educational training includes a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education (1-6), a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in science and mathematics (K-8). A certification in ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) led Lisa to her position as the EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher at AISK and she takes great pleasure in observing the development of English in her students. She believes that students learn best by experience therefore her classroom involves engaging tasks that are fun and meaningful. Due to the fact that student motivation and interest are very important, student choices and learning styles are also a part of her focus. Her main teaching goals are for her students to enjoy learning, develop life skills, and feel successful.
Julio Sanchez – Venezuela
Middle and High School - EAL
Julio Sanchez holds a Master's Degree and is an educator with a strong background in Social Studies, Spanish and English as a second language. He started his career in Mérida, Venezuela and continued in the United States where he made his most enduring tenure in the bluegrass state, Kentucky. For Mr. Sanchez, a student's progress is the motivation that he embraces with enthusiasm, and that becomes his everyday inspiration. Julio likes to read Haruki Murakami, Roberto Bolaños, and Javier Cercas. He writes for historical journals and enjoys a good cup of espresso coffee.