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NCCAT alum part of language programs that boost academics in Buncombe schools

Good work by several educators on this effort including NCCAT alum Cheri Boone, global education specialist for Buncombe County Schools.




From The Ashville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE - Teacher Diana Restrepo held a card with a picture of a pair of socks to her forehead.

She couldn’t see the picture on the card, but through a series of questions to her first-graders, she made guesses.

Restrepo asked her questions in Spanish. The children listened and answer “si” or “no.”

These students are in their second year in the popular Spanish immersion program at Glen Arden Elementary.

Starting in kindergarten, students learn from native Spanish speakers. They hear almost all Spanish during the school day. The teacher assistant in Restrepo’s class is also a native Spanish speaker.

This year, the program added a second kindergarten class. It is one of four language immersion programs offered at Buncombe County elementary schools. The program at Glen Arden is for native English speakers.

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