Horn Elementary

ESL Program Resource Page

Overview

At Horn Elementary, our teachers operate under Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines, tailoring our instructional programs to every student's particular needs and interests. Offerings encompass administrative leadership and support for English as a Second Language (ESL) education for all students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs)/Emergent Bilinguals (EBs).


To ensure that these students are successful throughout their educational journey, we provide a comprehensive and proactive ESL program following the Sheltered Instruction approach.


4 essential messages our administrative team and staff communicate to our EB students are:

  • You are important,

  • What we are learning and doing is important,

  • You can do it, and

  • We will not give up on you!

We strongly believe these messages help generate a growth mindset toward acquiring language and learning content.

What is Horn Elementary's ESL Program?

Our ESL program serves students identified as students whose native language is not English and who need to develop and enhance their English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by providing a full-time teacher certified under TEC § 29.061 (c) to provide supplementary instruction for all content area instruction. It integrates the use of second language methods with subject matter instruction to focus not only on learning a second language but on using that language as a medium to learn mathematics, science, social studies, or other academic subjects.


About me

Michael Hunt’s work in education is centered around a strong belief that all children deserve access to dreaming, designing, and critical thinking through high-quality instruction, academic conversations, and collaborative relationships. Michael is originally from northern Virginia, where he grew up, and later received his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Elementary Education PK-6 from George Mason University. Over the last ten years, he has taught 3rd and 4th-grade GT self-contained, 5th-grade Math/Social Studies, and most recently, 5th-grade Reading/Social Studies. Outside the classroom, Michael has been an Instructional Specialist focusing on mathematics and literacy curriculum and presented at various district, state, and national-level conferences on literacy and mathematics curriculum. Last year, he was a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award!


When Michael is not working with students, staff, and administrators at Horn, he leads the annual Horn 5th-Grade summer trip. Furthermore, alongside Mrs. Anderson, he advises the 5th-Grade National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). Through NEHS, students develop their scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership through several community service projects.


Michael leads our student intervention program and IAT, supports our EL students through LPAC, and coordinates our GT program.