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A Gwinnett student and teacher both earn state recognition

June 2, 2021

     Alicia Teague, an ESOL teacher at Starling Elementary School, has been named a 2021 Exemplary ESOL Teacher by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Teague is one of 31 teachers recognized for working to find practical solutions to meet the needs and overcome obstacles faced by English Learner (EL) students and their families during the school year.

Alicia Teague

     Jacinta Henry, Starling Elementary’s principal, says Teague is a skilled and knowledgeable teacher who has a passion for providing exemplary instruction on daily basis. She explains, “Mrs. Teague provides authentic lessons for her EL learners that are designed to deepen their understanding of academic language and vocabulary. She has had a significant impact on her EL student’s growth and achievement. Mrs. Teague is a lifelong learner who applies what she has learned in her own classroom and willingly shares that learning with her colleagues. She fosters a growth mindset and expects her students to succeed.”

     The GaDOE also honored Andres Garcia Covarrubias, a senior at Discovery High School, as a 2021 Exemplary English Learner. He is one of 31 students from around the state honored by the GaDOE. All the honorees have a GPA higher than 3.5, are on track to graduate this year and have taken Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

     Joan Evans, the ESOL Department Chair at Discovery High, describes Garcia Covarrubias an incredible student, but an even better person. She shares “Andres isAndres Garcia Covarrubias helpful, he offers his peers good advice, and he cares about his family both here in the U.S. and in Mexico. Andres came to the U.S. with a mission, and he is achieving it all. If exemplary had a picture, Andres’ face would be right beside it. He is mature, works hard both inside and outside of school, and is graduating with a 3.95 GPA.”