Welcome, Rebecca Burroughs!

Please join us in welcoming Rebecca Burroughs, The Literacy Project’s new ESL class instructor! Rebecca is an English and ESL teacher at Battle Mountain High School. She has also served as a part-time adjunct instructor in both English and ESL at Colorado Mountain College. Rebecca is a member of the Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTesol). She brings her expertise to The Literacy Project as the instructor of our Monday and Saturday ESL classes at the Avon Public Library.

Q: In what ways has your teaching career led you to working with ESL/ESOL learners?

It’s amazing how long life takes to reconnect us with our path. During my student teaching in Buffalo, NY, I worked with ESL students and wrote my Master’s Thesis on the positive benefits of Bilingual Education. After receiving my M.S.Ed. from Canisius College, it took fourteen years to teach ESL again. In the interim I taught English to students in grades six through college level. Moving from New York to Colorado offered this treasured opportunity again when I was hired at CMC and Battle Mountain High School.

Q: You’ve been nominated for Educator of the Year at Battle Mountain two years in a row! What are some of the key qualities required to work successfully with young people? How do you apply those principles to your work with adult populations?

Effective work with any population involves relationships and understanding of students’ needs. This is the lifeline toward growth. My recognition at BMHS arrived from a willingness to differentiate instruction (to meet students where they are at by tailoring curriculum and instruction to what they need). Age is not a factor when sound practices are applied toward students’ real world goals. Whether my student is 14 or 44, I attempt to cultivate English as a pathway toward making students’ dreams come true one achievement at a time.

Q: As a relative newcomer to Eagle County, what are you enjoying most about the Rocky Mountains?

Camping, hiking, and snowshoeing are my favorite pastimes with my husband and teenage daughter. Each season I explore our National Forest land, Colorado’s bluebird skies, and our natural paradise every opportunity I can!