Lincoln-Way East Teacher Receives Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lincoln-Way East English teacher Jamie O'Connor spent the entire month of July in Mexico, not vacationing, but learning!

Mrs. O’Connor spent her summer in Puerto Vallarta working on her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. All TEFL certification classes incorporate a minimum of 100 hours of academic course work and at least six hours of observed student teaching with ESL students.

One of Mrs. O’Connor’s classes was teaching English at Casa Hogar, which is an orphanage for young girls.

“These girls are bright and eager to learn, but have been turned away at 16 to support themselves,” she said. “I’m sad to leave them and forever humbled by this experience.”

Her other classes were a diverse group of young, old, rich, and poor, and she says “working here (even for a short time) introduced me to a vibrant local community that often goes unnoticed by tourists.”

In addition to the TEFL classes, homework, observations, and 'student teaching,' Mrs. O'Connor elected to take an additional course in the evenings to learn Spanish.

“The weekends were a blast, but I worked harder than I ever expected. I leave here with a new perspective and the certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language anywhere in the world.”

“We are super proud of Mrs. O’Connor, and I look forward to her new experiences benefitting our department and students at Lincoln-Way East,” said English Department Chair, Renae Goldie.