By Audra Mulleneaux, Guadalupe School Executive Assistant and ESL Teacher
My name is Audra Mulleneaux, and I've been teaching ESL in Guadalupe School's Adult Ed. program for 8 wonderful months. Before becoming a teacher on staff, I was a volunteer tutor.
The dedication of our students is unlike anything I've ever seen. The majority of our students are parents. Many of them work two or three part-time jobs to provide for their families. After working an eight and sometimes twelve- hour shift, these hardworking and dedicated students come to school to learn English for two hours, two times per week.
I've often wondered what motivates our students to come to school after a long day at work. The obvious motivation is so they can better communicate with employers and coworkers and to, hopefully, receive more gainful employment. For many of my students, however, this motivation is minuscule.
Maria, for example, learns English in order to set an example for her children: "I go to work hard every day and come learn English so my kids can see hard work. I come and tell them to work hard now so they don't have to have a life like me." Another student of mine, Olivia, said she learns English to better communicate with her grandchildren: "I learn because my grand kids learn [English] so fast, and I want talk with them. They help me with my English."
I'm humbled to work with such hard working and dedicated individuals who want to create better lives for themselves and their families.