Professional Learning Resources

Essential Educator’s Guide

Explore our meticulously organized list, categorically divided into key educational areas such as Assessment, Special Education, Gifted Programs, Content Teaching, and Collaboration & Co-teaching.

Enlightening Reads

Dive into a handpicked collection of inspiring books, perfect for stimulating thoughtful discussions and enriching professional learning sessions among educators.

ESL Teaching Essentials

Explore my curated selection of indispensable books from my ESL teacher and coordinator journey. These are tried-and-true resources I’ve personally used and highly recommend to educators and leaders in the field.

ESL Teacher Planners

Explore a collection of ESL teacher planners, your perfect partners for efficient lesson planning and multilingual learner caseload management.

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Explore diverse educational themes— resource hub tailored to your specific interests and needs.

Celebrate the beauty of bilingualism

Explore and add a touch of linguistic inspiration to your learning environment

The Importance of Pronouncing Student Names Correctly

Connecting with students is an important part of teaching in K-12 classrooms. Students feel better when they know that their teacher cares. Teachers can show students that they care by learning to pronounce their names correctly. Understanding that a student’s name is part of their identity is important for teaching all learners.

Learning a student’s name is not only crucial to non-English speakers. Name pronunciation is essential to all students, regardless of their origin. Did anyone ever mispronounce your name? If someone ever mispronounces your name, you most likely understand how uncomfortable this feels. 


Growing up in my native country, I never had to explain my name to anyone around me. We learned and knew each other’s first and last names in school. We were called by our first and last names during roll calling every morning. Everyone around me could say my name with no problem.

Every name has a story

A name has a history and special meaning, and it is part of their childhood identity. My name has a history of its own. I was named Sugelis because my parents wanted my siblings and me to have similar rhyme names. My parents didn’t realize how often my name would be butchered in the USA when they named me Sugelis

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