Elaine Rattie, ESOL Teacher email
Welcome all! I am Mrs. Elaine Rattie, and I am BCMS' ESOL teacher. This my 16th year of teaching (10 of those years are here in Montgomery County). I have taught Elementary, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade English, and ESOL. I have a Master's Degree in Multicultural Education, Certification to teach all subject in K-8, and ESOL certification from PK-12th.
I am so excited to be back here at BCMS, especially teaching ESOL students. I was in High School when my family migrated, from the Philippines, to the U.S. (California), and being new to a foreign country is an overwhelming feeling, therefore I can relate to how our ESOL students feel. My job is not only to teach English to our ESOL students, but also to guide them as they transition to a US school.
James Blount, ESOL Paraeducator email
I'm an ESOL Para-Educator. I was a Special Education Para-Educator at the Elementary level in MCPS for the last 15 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Maryland. I am the product of MCPS, I went to Springbrook High School, Class of 1985. I played football and ran track in HS and college. I was always involved in mentoring, counseling, coaching, and/or any educational program that helped children or young adults. I have worked with children for about 25 years. I learn from students I work with just as much as I teach the about communication skills of different languages and cultures.
In my spare time, I collect vintage watches and antique clocks. I also have my own vending machine business where I find and sell clothing items to clients. I am a personal shopper for clients who need assistance in finding certain clothing items. I am dedicated to educating children and helping them become strong people in society and equipped with the tools too be successful in whatever they chose to do when they become adults.
My dad used to say, "It is not where you are from, it is where you are going." I try to pass that to my 8 year old daughter, Gabriella. Gabriella's mother is also in education and all three of us are a great team.
Ms. Katie Lazo, English Language Development Coach email
Ms. Jennifer Lefflebine-White, ESOL Read 180 Teacher email