Welcome to my page! I am excited for my fourteenth year of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Urbandale. Our diverse group of English language learners bring to Valerius Elementary the richness of their cultures. Our ESL students speak at home in more than a dozen languages: Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Senthang, Karen, Burmese, Falam Chin, Hakha Chin,Tigrinya, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kinyamulenge, Bosnian and others. Our entire staff strive to provide a welcoming, educationally rich and culturally responsive environment for all of our students. We are looking forward to another great year of learning for your children!
Please feel free to call or e-mail me whenever you have a question or a concern. If you prefer to see me in person, please let me know ahead of time when to expect you. You can also call our staff interpreters:
Bosnian: Alma Kavazovic – (515) 559-3961
Spanish: Yarelis Rivera – (515) 210-9651
Arabic/Nuer/Dinka: Jam Duany – (515) 559-7116
Whenever an important message needs to be delivered to parents, I will either send a note home or give you a phone call. For parents who need to communicate in Spanish, Bosnian, or Arabic/Nuer/Dinka I will be utilizing the help of our interpreters.
Students get most of their grade-specific homework in the general education classroom, however I regularly send reading material home with each of my students appropriate to their reading level. Please encourage your child to read at home for a few minutes every night.
Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. You will need to sign in at the office and get a visitor pass. Please refer to the lunch schedule below for different grade levels:
First grade 11:55-12:15
Second grade 12:05-12:25
Third grade 12:15-12:35
Fourth grade 12:20-12:40
Fifth grade 12:25-12:45
Please check out My Useful Websites section for a variety of educational links selected for different grade levels and subject areas.