Mountain View Elementary School

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English Learner Support Teachers

Courtney French

English Learner Specialist


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I had amazing teachers growing up and I wanted to be just like them. I have also always enjoyed helping others.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

Bridgewater College

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

I love all the smiling faces!

Christine Laprad

English Learner Specialist


What made you want to be a teacher?

I moved overseas when I was 18 and really struggled with culture shock. I had to adapt to a new language and culture without family, and that was really hard. I've always wanted to serve in some capacity and recognize language to be one of the most powerful skills we have. Helping others learn English is something I'm capable of and allows me to "give back." The relationships I've built along the way have been an unanticipated bonus.

What brings you joy when teaching?

Relationships. I LOVE my kids and their families and my relationships fill me with passion and purpose.

Do the kids have a nickname for you?

Ms. Laprad

What is one fun fact about you?

I can recite the alphabet backwards

Where did you get your teaching degree?

JMU

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

My coworkers!

Janelly Lopez

English Learner Specialist


What grades do you teach?

ELL for Kindergarten and First Grade

What made you decide to become a teacher?

School was always difficult for me. I always felt like I had to try twice as hard as the rest of my peers. Thankfully I had amazing teachers who helped me along the way and helped me succeed. They are the reason why I am a teacher today.

What brings you joy while teaching?

Watching English Language Learners get the confidence they need to build relationships and meaningful connections in their classrooms.

What is one fun fact about you?

I am an expert snacker and thrive off of snacks.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

James Madison University

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

I love EVERYTHING about this school! I love my coworkers and the students. I couldn't have asked for a better school.