Professional BiographyKelly Wood-BrondstaterTeacher of English Language Learners - ELL
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!
This will be my fourth year as an ELL teacher and the ELL Department Head 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 ESL teacher in 2006, I ju7mped 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 ESL teacher at Sherando High School, and had the opportunity to develop curriculum, create an after-school program to provide academic support for ESL 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.Other activities:Co-sponsor for the Environmental ClubTeacher for the ELL Adult Education Program (Basic Skills) at Loudoun County High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
My 2018-19 Schedule:
1st IC/Planning/Support 5th Newcomer English (rm 215) 2nd Advanced ELL (rm 215) 6th ELL Study Hall/Enrichment (rm 215) 3rd English as a World Language 2 (rm 215) 7th Earth Science with Mrs. Bartley (rm 1515) 4th 21st Century Literacy Strategies II with Ms. Alexander (rm 215) 8th Planning/SupportOffice Hours:- 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.- Available any block for assistance with tests/quizzes (read aloud, small group, help with directions). Please schedule ahead of time for assistance.- ELL Study Hall periods - 6th block (Mrs. Wood) and 8th block (Ms. Brandstetter) 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