¡DALE! Teacher Fellowship

¡D.A.L.E.! (Developing Academic Leaders In Education) is a paid, ongoing fellowship that develops and prepares teams of ESL teachers and general education teachers to better support students who are English language learners so that they can thrive at school.

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2,163 students in the city are English Language Learners (ELL) and that population continues to grow. Last year, the average ACT score for high school students who were ELL was 15.5, far below the national average ACT score of 20.8. Overall, the graduation rate for students who are ELL in New Orleans is only 50.9% compared to 70.7% for Black students and 87.9% for white students.

To support these students, OVNV is dedicated to building the capacity of our teachers and supporting them as academic leaders in our city.

Congratulations to our inaugural ¡D.A.L.E! fellows from McMain, Carver, Cohen, & Encore!

MICHELLE DOMINGUE

I am a sixth-year geometry teacher who will be working in the capacity of mentor teacher to foster better instructional practices and provide professional support for all math teachers at Eleanor McMain Secondary School. I am excited to collaborate with my team members to create ways to incorporate strategies for academic and social resilience in our respective learning environments. I also look forward to gaining insights on how to build more inclusive settings for all students but especially English Language Learners.

DAIMONT STAPLES

I am going into my 7th year of teaching. I’ve always taught the high school sciences and throughout these years I have become an ELL case manager as well as an academic coach. I’m excited to join this fellowship so that I can better serve students especially in the social and emotional capacity. Gaining concrete tools to empower other teachers to appropriately modify and accommodate is something I am looking forward to learning so that it can have a far reaching impact on students.

KATHLEEN WARNER

My journey in education started in operations but moved about three years ago to the classroom. I have the privilege of teaching a math intervention course and approximately a third of my students are learning English as they are also growing their skills in math. I could not be more excited for the opportunity to gain the skills that my kids deserve to be and feel successful in the classroom! This fellowship will allow me to help my students open doors that we all may not have thought possible before.

EMMA MERRILL

I am an ESL teacher and director of the EL program at George Washington Carver High School. I’m excited to join the Dale fellowship because I will learn about ways I can improve my own school’s program, and will also get to collaborate with other schools across the city!

ERIK ZAVALA

My role in education is to provide English Language Learners with service that they deserve. I am thrilled to join this fellowship because I will be able to apply the knowledge I learned towards my school.

KARA MURPHY

My name is Kara Murphy and this will be my sixth year teaching ELA. My role in education is to facilitate students’ passion for literacy and intellectual exploration in a way that equips them for critical analysis of real world problems. I’m looking forward to developing planning and instructional approaches that will allow the ELLs in my classroom to do less learning from me via one-on-one [translated] interaction and more collaboration with their classmates (I’m especially interested in more practice with verbal pronunciation). I hope that my ELLs will eventually feel more included and welcome to try out their english in all ELA classes at Cohen through widespread adoption of these techniques as my cohort and I advocate for/model their use with our colleagues.

KAT SAMPSON

On the surface, I’m a secondary math teacher. Upon closer look, I’m a confidant, facilitator, mediator, periodic fashion adviser, snack provider and confidence builder. I can’t wait to go through the D.A.L.E. Fellowship to gather with hardworking educators and community members to problem solve and propel our city forward.

LEVI ROWLAND

I am a French teacher and ESL instructor in pre-k through 8th grade here in New Orleans. I also love serving as a translator and interpreter at my school and working with general education teachers to help advocate for our English language learners. I’m excited to join this fellowship because I am always looking for better ways to advocate for our English language learners and to provide them the best possible education we can.

GABRIELLE STEIB

I am an ELL educator at ENCORE, from New Orleans with my maternal side being immigrants from Mexico and Nicaragua. With the influx of immigrants in New Orleans from Latin America I feel it is my duty to aid the people that I understand the most. I am excited about this fellowship because our students deserve culturally relevant material as well as a school system that strives to assist them. I want the ELL students to thrive through opportunities that are unique to their needs which often are needed outside of the classroom as well.

JESSICA MEDLOCK

I am a 6th Grade Social Studies/Science Project-Based teacher. I am excited to learn about new strategies and structures that will benefit my ELL students and their families.