My name is Jenice Mateo-Toledo and I have taught English as a Second Language in the Hastings-on-Hudson School district since 1999. I hold a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in English as a Second Language, a master's degree in Literacy, and I'm currently working on my doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.This year I'm working in all three of our award winning schools. At Hillside I teach grades K and 2, and at the middle school / high school campus I teach grades 5-12. Our ESL program is geared toward maximizing each student's educational experience by addressing his/her linguistic and academic needs. We provide a safe, supportive learning environment with high expectations for each student. Our instruction is aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Our focus on literacy instruction and on academic language of major content areas aims to support students in their mainstream classes.