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"Judy is the best teacher.  She is really kind, and she makes a lesson funny.  We always thank her for teaching us!" -C.C. and A.C., mother and daughter

"Mrs. J. was the ESL teacher for my youngest daughter for two years in elementary school and the private tutor for her elder sister at the same time period. At that time, we just had arrived to United States from South Korea, and we had no information at all on the elementary and secondary school systems in US. She took care of our family in many aspects, and she has been the number one helper and counselor for our family from the initial settlement all the way through to this time. In fact, the reason I selected current school zone at the time of our arrival was because of her. I gathered some information on the local school zones before I leave my home country and sent queries through e-mail to several schools in the district. She was best and more than fabulous in answering to all my queries. My daughters were very nervous when they got here especially due to their English language deficiencies. My youngest daughter had no exposure to English language until... read more

"I learned in so many ways from Mrs. J. She used some games to memorize the definition of words, and sometimes, just for fun. She always used kindest words and encouraged me by telling me my strong points. She never screams out loud to her students or to anyone else. She naturally speaks by using the easiest and best way in teaching us. When I came to America, I had no knowledge of English. I only knew the alphabets. But, Mrs. J. taught me English, and it helped me a lot. I am so thankful to her because she led me to learn English. She helped me to adapted in the new school. To me, my favorite class was her ESL, for Mrs. J. taught English in fun ways. It makes me feel so thankful to her. I think Mrs. J. is the best teacher for English." -Sophie, Grade 7

"Mrs. J. taught me as best as she can. For English, she knows it well, so she taught me all she has. Although we did good or bad, she figured out what we did well and talked to me so we can do it better next time. She encouraged me a lot. Her personality is like, um, Santa...? She always smiles except when she need to focus on math. She always talks positively. She talked with me a lot, and it helped me to talk more. I haven't talked at all most of the time, but after I met her, I kinda tried to talk more. She listened to my story sincerely and answered as best as she can all the time. I appreciate her for that." -Ella, Grade 9

I've been working with a lovely Korean lady for a year. Last night we had our lesson and then shared a delicious Korean meal. This sweet lady is a super intelligent engineer. She tells me her boss complains that her English is not good enough. I pointed to the book we are now reading--a long chapter book with plenty of difficult vocabulary--and asked her if she would have been able to read and understand that book one year ago. She smiled and replied that she could not have. We celebrated her success with a wonderful meal at her favorite Korean restaurant. We enjoyed excellent food and great conversation. Helping her become comfortable in conversation is one of my goals, and after last night, I would say we are well on the way to accomplishing that goal! We are also using a lot of cartoons to build understanding because comprehension of humor in another language is also a good indicator of fluency. So I ended last night with a full tummy and a satisfied heart. My student laughed... read more

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