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2019 Bilingual Educator of the Year – Georgia

Martha Alanis

Martha Alanis, a second-grade teacher at College Park Elementary School in College Park, was named the 2019 Read Conmigo Bilingual Educator of the Year in Georgia. Ms. Alanis was nominated by a fellow educator who worked with her in the past and was deeply touched by her dedication and love of teaching.

Ms. Alanis was born in Illinois to Spanish-speaking parents from Mexico. She attended kindergarten in the U.S. Her family moved to Mexico where she attended first grade. Ms. Alanis then returned to the U.S. as a second grader. She didn’t know English and was afraid to start school. “I remember coming home and not being able to do homework because my parents didn’t speak English,” Ms. Alanis said. This personal challenge of learning English and adjusting to two different cultures inspired her to become a teacher. “I once was an ELL (English Language Learner) child, when the term ELL wasn’t around. I wanted to one day teach children that had the same language challenges as I did.”

Ms. Alanis eventually moved to Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s in Education from Kennesaw State University and a master’s degree from Tusculum College. Her passion for learning didn’t stop there, Ms. Alanis went on to receive an Ed.S. from Lincoln Memorial and a Reading and ESOL endorsements. She has been teaching for more than 16 years.

What she loves most about her job is helping her students overcome their challenges. “I love my job as an ELL teacher because I see myself in all my students. I can relate to their struggles trying to assimilate in a new country and to learn a new language, learning social and academic language all at the same time. I can honestly say that I have walked in their shoes!”

Read Conmigo is proud to recognize Ms. Alanis and we wish her even greater success as she continues her teaching career.