Teacher Of The Year Visits Bay High School

PANAMA CITY-- For the second time in many weeks, Florida's 2014 Teacher of the Year came to Bay District Schools to deliver a special message to the teachers.

Dorina Sackman met with the faculty at Bay High School to share her knowledge and experience about teaching in a high poverty, high English for speakers of other languages school.

During her presentation, she challenged teachers to be more engaged with students that have learning challenges, especially those students who don't speak English very well.

"We have students here from Russia, from Thailand, from Mexico, Haiti and their primary language is not English and it's our job to help them learn English and help them be successful in the high school setting," Assistant Principal Brian Bullock said.

"We're having a large influx coming from various counties for various reasons whether it be a socio-economic or whether it be national disaster or political asylum, this what it's about. We want to be able to establish a wonderful relationship with our students. Give them the American education system that they deserve and give them the possibility of the American dream," Sackman said.

Following the presentation, she met with administrators to discuss the highly successful ESOL newcomer program at Bay High School, which will expand next year.

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