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Kathy Mellor

As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island for 19 years, Mellor has been at the forefront of designing and implementing a district ESL program since she began teaching there. As she describes it, "Because the program deals with the many variables students present, allows ESL children to stay in their home schools, and allows teachers to do a great deal of cross-content collaboration, the program is cognitively demanding and students aren't isolated from their American peers so a great deal of natural language acquisition occurs.

The program teaches students the English language, its communicative features and literacy skills necessary to learn through English and achieve academically. Applicable Rhode Island English Language Arts standards are used in goal-setting and grading, and the scope and sequence of the program parallels natural language development taking the students through all five proficiency levels.

Mellor was born in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Cranston High School East in Cranston, Rhode Island. In 1970 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. She earned a masterís degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1977 and a Masters of Art in Teaching degree, with an emphasis on ESL and cross-cultural studies, from Brown University in 1989.

Mellor was a substitute teacher in the Cranston, Rhode Island School Department from 1970-74. Between 1974 and 1980 she was a stay-at-home mother to her three children, and spent part of that time working on her master's degree and beginning her course work in ESL.She was an ESL teacher at the International Institute of Rhode Island from 1980-85 and a continuing education teacher in the Rhode Island College English Department from January 1985 to June 1986. Her work in the North Kingstown School Department began as a consultant for ESL between April and June of 1985 before beginning at Davisville Middle School. Mellor has taught full-time for 24 years.


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