Many of you may not be aware that Harrisburg Academy has an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program to better meet the needs of our second language learners, especially those joining our school community while their parents are on job assignments here in Central Pennsylvania.

With the help of East Pennsboro Area School District, where the Academy is located, each ESL-program eligible student was given an assessment to evaluate their English proficiency.  Students can then be identified to receive additional services from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU).

The Academy has been fortunate to work with the CAIU’s ESL teacher, Kristin Wilson, to provide direct instruction to these students.  Kristin grew up in Virginia and attended James Madison University.  While at JMU, she received her bachelor’s degree in social work and her master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education.  After college, she taught 1st grade in Northern Virginia, where she worked with many ESL students.  A few years later, she and her husband decided to move abroad, and she taught for two years at the American International School in Genoa, Italy. After their adventures in Europe, they settled here in Pennsylvania and she received her ESL teaching certificate.

Here at the Academy, Kristin has worked with students on many different language levels, as well as grade levels.  Her goal is to help improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.  She is also available to help classroom teachers with strategies to make the core content more accessible to their English language learners.  “Working here has been and continues to be a pleasure because of the hard work and dedication of both the students and the teachers!” Kristin said.

If you are interested in learning more about ESL programming or academic support at Harrisburg Academy, please contact Sheri Biller.