Shelley Gibson

Responding to her school’s need for bilingual teachers as it inaugurates a dual language program, Ms. Gibson participates in a four-week immersion program in Puebla, Mexico. She develops her Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills through study at the Spanish Institute of Puebla, and she gains a better understanding and appreciation of the culture and language of her Mexican students by living with a family in the town. Continuing in her role as a liaison between her school and the non-English speaking community, Ms. Gibson uses her improved language skills to assist fellow teachers with parent conferences and home contact.