• Name: Janet Gauss
    Subject: English as a Second Language

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     Welcome to Brunson Elementary, A STEM magnet school where "Engineering is Elementary".
      As an English as a Second Language Department, we serve 160 English Language Learners in grades K - 5 through classroom instruction and  annual testing.  Based on the results of these tests, students qualify for 40 minute classes in English as a Second Language offered during their grade level's  Intervention and Enrichment Block. Students at the beginning levels of English Language Proficiency receive daily instruction in English as a Second Language with Newcomer non- English Speakers receiving two periods of ESL daily.

          Our service to our beginning ELL's includes a research based Transitional Bilingual Program for our native Spanish speakers in grades K - 2. Via the Transitional Bilingual Program, students learn to read and write first in their native language, gradually transferring their literacy knowledge to their second language. Over the course of their first three years in school the language of instruction shifts from primarily Spanish in Kindergarten to primarily English in the Second Grade until the children are prepared to learn in an all English classroom by the Third Grade.  


    During the 2015 - 2016 School Year our staff includes 3 full time ESL teachers and 1 full time ESL Assistant.

    • Mrs. Doris Davis is our ESL Assistant.  She has worked as an ESL Assistant at Brunson for 10 years and organizes and maintains all the files, and documents   pertaining to our English Language Learners in grades K-5. She also works with individual and small groups of ELLs to support instruction.   Her outstanding organizational skills, extensive experience working with children, and own experiences studying a second language make her a highly effective member of our team. 
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    • Ms. Janet Gauss - I have been teaching ESL at Brunson for the last 14 years; 4 part time and 10 full time.  Before becoming an ESL teacher I worked as a Children's Librarian. I speak German and Spanish.  I will be working with our Second and Third Grade English Language Learners and our Upper Grade Newcomers.
    •  Ms. Diana Adkins - Ms. Adkins came to us from Diggs-Latham Elementary School for the 2014-15 School Year and is now in her second year at Brunson.  She also has experience teaching ESL at the Middle School level.  She brings extensive skills in technology, reading instruction and Spanish to our staff.
      She will be working with our Kindergarten and 4th grade English Language Learners during the 2015-16 school year.
    • Ms. Anna Stoppelbein - Ms. Stoppelbein came to us last school year from Guilford County Schools where she worked as a 1st grade teacher. Her organizational , communication and technology skills make her an excellent addition to our ESL Staff. She will be working with our First Grade and Fifth Grade ELLs as well as our Primary Grade Newcomers.