Hi, my name is Folake Ladipo and I am the 8th grade ESL teacher. This is my 4th school year at Christa McAuliffe Middle School and I am excited to be here. I obtained my first degree in English and Literary Studies from The University of Ife, Nigeria, West Africa. I also hold a Masters degree In Education from Houston Baptist University. I have a strong drive for working with students whose first language is not English and I am of the mindset that English learners have the capacity to learn just like the native speakers if given the right supportive environment and linguistic accommodations. Due to this philosophy, I come daily prepared to equip ELs with the tools needed for both 2nd language acquisition and academic success. I believe my many years of working with children of diverse cultural backgrounds is a great asset in working with our ESL students here at Christa McAuliffe. In my spare time I love to read biographies, listen to inspirational music and watch videos of real life events. I have a daughter who is married with two beautiful daughters so I enjoy doing grandma duties too.