Professional BiographyKelly Wood-BrondstaterTeacher of English Language Learners - ELL
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
This will be my fifth year as an ELL teacher and the ELL Department Chair at Riverside High School, and I'm so ready to get this year started.
Even though I'm an ELL teacher now, I began my career in Special Education, earning both a Bachelor of Sciences degree and a Master’s degree in Special Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. For the first 20 years of my career, I worked with teenagers in residential treatment centers, mainly teaching high school science (Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry). For a few of those years, however, I found myself working as an administrator and realized that teaching was much more fun than going to meetings. In 2004, I began work in the Special Education department at Sherando High School in Stephens City, Virginia, where I worked with ED students for 2 years. When offered a job as an ELL teacher in 2006, I jumped at the opportunity and went on to complete additional graduate work at George Mason University to earn an endorsement in English as a Second Language. I worked for 9 years as the lead ELL teacher at Sherando High School, and had the opportunity to develop curriculum, create an after-school program to provide academic support for ELL students, and work with the "Friday Night School" program.
In addition to teaching, I was involved in teacher training through the University of Phoenix for 10 years, acting as a Site Supervisor for multiple student teaching placements in Virginia and West Virginia.
My 2019-20 Schedule:
1st IC/Planning/Support 5th Planning 2nd Advanced ELL (rm 215) 6th Newcomer English (rm 215) 3rd ELL Study Hall (rm 215) 7th English as a World Language (rm 215) 4th 21st Century Literacy Strategies II with Ms. Alexander (rm 215) 8th Earth Science with Mrs. Bartley (rm 1515)Office Hours:The ELL room is open throughout the day for students, teachers and visitors to study, work on projects and papers, seek assistance, problem solve, consult, relax or just hang out. We are available each block to assist with test/quizzes (read aloud, small group, help with directios). It is helpful if you let us know when you are coming to take tests and need them read aloud, but it is not necessary.- Monday - Friday: before school (8:00 am - 9:00 am)- "A" days during my planning (1st block)- "B" days during my Study Hall (6th block) and planning (8th block)- After school by appt.- ELL Study Hall periods in rm 215 - 6th block (Mrs. Wood) and 5th block (Ms. Alexander) Course Information Gradebook & Class PageNHS Tutoring Request PagePhoenixAll my class information can be found in StudentVUE/ParentVUEClick the Phoenix link below. Department Grading Policy Department Reassessment policyThe ELL Department follows the grading policy set forth by Riverside High School. Formative assessments will make up 10% of the final grade, with summative assessments composing the remaining 90% of the final grade.All ELL classes are courses in English acquisition. For this reason, students are evaluated on improvement, not mastery. Students are always permitted to retake and resubmit any assignments that they wish to improve upon with no penalty. We welcome when students choose to learn from their mistakes and make corrections. Extra Curricular PositionsCo-Sponsor of the Environmental Club with Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Klug