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COVID-19 & Cities: Multilingual Learners & Families


May 20, 2020 12:44 PM

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Rani Pan
K2 Inclusion Teacher @Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Boston Public Schools
Rani Pan is a K2 Inclusion Teacher at the Ellis Mendell Elementary School in the Boston Public School district. This is her first year teaching as a classroom teacher, but she worked at the Mendell in previous years as a student-teacher and learning specialist. She is an in-service member of the Asian American Mentor Program in association with the NEA and AAPI Pipeline Project. Ms. Pan holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Boston University and a Masters in Education degree in Special Education with an additional concentration in English as a Second Language from Boston University.
Jocelyn Lee
Head of the Language Acquisition Department @Match Community Day Charter Public School
Jocelyn Lee is the Head of the Language Acquisition Department and a Grade 5 ESL teacher at Match Community Public Charter School. She is also a Part-Time Instructor in BU Wheelock’s Language & Literacy Department. Mrs. Lee has taught for 17 years and began her teaching career with the Merrimack Valley YMCA. She has also taught at Lawrence Public Schools, Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, and helped found Match Community Day Public Charter School in Hyde Park, MA. Mrs. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech Language Pathology & Audiology) from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Language and Literacy Education (Reading Specialist Program) from Wheelock College.
Emily Blitz
Department Chair for English Learner Education @Somerville High School
Emily Blitz has nearly twenty years of experience working with multilingual learners and families and currently serves as the Department Chair for English Learner Education at Somerville High School. Prior to this role, she has taught multilingual learners, ages 5 to 85, in public, charter, non-profit and adult education settings. She has also served as an adjunct lecturer for Boston University and Lesley University in their teacher preparation programs. In her current role, Blitz's work focuses on educator development and collaboration as well as issues of equity and access for multilingual learners and families. Recent initiatives include an early college program partnership with Cambridge College and the GOAL program, an alternative pathway to graduation in partnership with SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences).