Larry Hill (He/Him/His)
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I have been teaching ESL, ELL, and ELD classes at Harding High School since 1998. I have taught all grade levels and English Language Learner levels at Harding. I began in this profession as a volunteer English teacher in 1993 working with adults, many of them seniors from the former Soviet Socialist Republics. I received my license through Hamline University and started teaching at Harding soon after.
As we start the new school year with distance learning, we are all online with our iPads and laptops. For the 20-21 school year, I am teaching Language and Literacy for Level 1 ELL students with Ms. Karli Neilson, and co-teaching a geometry class for Level 3 ELL students with Ms. Kim Nichols.
Teachers and students at Harding come from diverse backgrounds. We practice different customs and religions and speak many different languages. We learn from each other and develop strong bonds and close friendships. In ELL classes we concentrate on English conversation, grammar and reading. Through English, we develop a common thread that allows us to gain a better understanding of each other, a little bit more every day about one another, and life in our adopted homeland, the United States.
Larry Hill has taught at Harding since 1998. He was born in Salina, Kansas and attended Wichita State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's in Music. He moved to the Twin Cities area in 1982 to establish himself as a freelance musician and quickly found work as a singer/actor with various local theaters, choral organizations and performing venues including Minnesota Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera, and Theater in the Round. Looking for a more steady and secure means of living, he made the life-changing decision to return to university to earn another degree. He registered for classes at Hamline University and received his Baccalaureate teaching license in English as a Second Language. The Saint Paul Public Schools hired him shortly afterward. He lives in Minneapolis and is married to Mary Sherman Hill, an attorney specializing in family law.
Periods 1 and 2: ELL 1 Language and Literature
Period 5: Geometry (with Kim Nichols)
Periods 6 and 7: ELL 1 Language and Literature (with Karli Neilson)