Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. in English (University of Paris, France) M.A. in ESL (Hamline University, Saint Paul) ELL teaching license (Hamline University, Saint Paul)
Mrs. Elodie Sontgerath
My name is Elodie Sontgerath (a.k.a Ms. S.) and I am an EL teacher. I am working with 4th and 5th-grade students. This is my tenth year teaching ELL at Jackson Elementary.
Here's a little bit about me: I was born and raised in France. I moved to the United States in 1995 after completing a Master's Degree in English. I started my teaching career in Edina at the French Immersion Program over 20 years ago. I live in Saint Paul with my husband and youngest child who attends Saint Paul Public Schools. My 2 oldest have now graduated and they are continuing their learning journey in college. I love to read and share books with my students. You might see me take long walks with my two dogs in the city. Reading and walking help me relax and get ready for busy weeks. Ask me what I am reading!
EL teachers provide supplemental English language development through direct instruction for students at English proficiency levels 1-5. At the elementary level, most ELs receive the greater part of their instruction in the general education classroom. Classroom and EL teachers collaborate to teach language, create accommodations, and differentiate based on the needs of the students in their classrooms. EL service is provided through a co-teaching model and/or small-group instruction designed for EL students. These services are often provided in Reader’s, Writer’s, and/or Math Workshop. Collaboration allows for planning, teaching, and assessment of content and language objectives for ELs in the mainstream classroom (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2009).