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Mrs. Gabriela Cervantes
Bilingual Resource Teacher
Hi My name is Gabriela Cervantes. I live in Yorkville with my husband Juan. We love pets, We have two dogs named Charlotte and David and two blue and gold macaws named Sweet and Robert. I came from Mexico fifteen years ago and I have lived in the Oswego and Yorkville area. I am very excited to be a Brokaw, Prairie Point, and Long Beach as an EL and Bilingual Resource Teacher in School District 308.
My experience as a dual language teacher at the Pre-K and elementary level has provided me different teaching strategies to work with different cultures. I provide play-based instruction that helps students bridge knowledge from their native culture and mother tongue to the second language. I will help your child acquire a second language in a safe classroom environment. This will develop social and academic language, mature emotionally, and enhance self-confidence in students which is very important in the United States as a nation of diverse cultures. An example of this is using comparative grammar between Spanish and English languages. Looking for cognates and false cognates will help students to have a better second language understanding that facilitate students’ language transition.
In July of 2004 I graduated from Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico University) with a bachelor of English as a Second Language Teaching and a minor of Spanish as a Second Language. In 2009 I obtained an associated degree as a Medical Interpreter and Translator from Waubonsee Community College. In May of 2012 I obtained my Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training from University of Phoenix. In May 2015, I obtained my Bilingual and ESL endorsement from Aurora University. January 2019, I obtained my Early Childhood Endorsement from National Louis University. I hold a Special Teaching license with the following endorsements: Spanish Foreign Language Endorsement; Bilingual (Spanish Language) Endorsement; ESL Endorsement; English as a New Language Endorsement. This is my fifth year as a teacher at Pre- K Level as an EL/Bilingual Resource Teacher at School District Oswego #308.My previous experience includes one year as a Spanish teacher in Cowherd H. Middle school and Waldo Middle School and a year as a Dual Language Teacher in Hermes Nicholson Elementary School at School District 131; Two years as a Dual Language Teacher in PH Miller Elementary school at Plano #88; and seven years as a Spanish teacher at Waubonsee Community College. One year as a STEM teacher at Aurora University. I have collaborated with Aurora University on developing, writing, and teaching STEM curriculum at the elementary level. I am proud of being part of “Promoting Girls in STEM” curriculum development at Aurora University. “I have also participated in a community program for Preschool families “Latino Family Program”.