This article is a part of a four-part series highlighting the LRHS English Learner Language (ELL) program.

Haushalter and student
LRHS ESOL teacher Dawn Haushalter (l) works with a student.

Angel Markoski – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Lakewood Ranch High School welcomed people from many different countries and cultures for the 2022-2023 school year.

For some of these Mustangs, the English Language Learners (ELL/ESOL) program is their pathway to success.

Dawn Haushalter is the program’s teacher and she’s assisted by teacher aide Avelina Besse. There are 117 students involved in the program currently.

Haushalter said, “This number changes every day at this time of year. In my class, I only have the students who are completely new to the country or English language.

“It is a beginning level class. Right now, I have 11 students, but this number changes consistently as we get new students throughout the year from other countries,” continued Haushalter.

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Haushalter explained, “All the teachers at Lakewood have a certain amount of time to take classes to become ‘endorsed’ in ESOL so that they are trained to provide the best education possible for English Language Learners.

“I would say that all the teachers at Lakewood are involved in the program. Also, they must all provide regular feedback to me about how these students are doing in their classes and they all must provide certain accommodations and adaptations when teaching ELL’s,” she continued.