Serving students AND their families: LEAD Southeast offers adult ESL Classes

This was first published by LEAD Public Schools.

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Jose Cisillas speaks English fluently, but the Nashville transplant only learned to read and write in his native language of Spanish in school. So when his daughter Kristie, a student at LEAD Southeast Middle, had questions about her homework in English, Cisillas was frustrated that he couldn’t help.

“I feel bad because I can only do basic things,” Cisillas said.

Cisillas learned that his daughter’s school, LEAD Southeast, offered parents English classes at night and didn’t hesitate to enroll. He and his wife, Lucia Lopez, attend the classes twice each week and have worked their way up to the Level 3 coursework.

Cisillas says while the roles are reversed right now— Kristie helps her parents with their English homework— he’s excited to see the progress they’ve made in just a few short months attending classes.

“It’s amazing, like a dream, kind of. They are really grateful. They understand more and it makes it easier for them,” Kristie, 11, said.

Read more on LEAD Public Schools’ blog.

Kelli Gauthier