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    English as a Second Language

    Our nation is growing more diverse each year!  Mattawan Consolidated School values our multilingual Wildcats and understand the superstars they truly are!  Students who enroll in our district with limited or no English language skills can find the support they need to succeed.  Being multilingual is a gift and our students are proud to be able to communicate their knowledge in more than one language.  Learn more about our programs designed to help all children reach their full potential.

    I would like to introduce myself. I am Zenia Gutierrez. I will be working with our ESL students. A little about myself. This is my 11th year in education. I was a classroom teacher during the first eight years of my career and have spent the last two years in the ESL department. I am a WMU graduate with a major in Spanish and a minor in Geography. I also attended GVSU where I received my elementary endorsement.  Most recently, in the spring of 2022, I obtained my master's degree in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). Advocating for and serving our ESL students and families is my passion! I  am also the founder of Breaking Barriers with Bilingual Books a program that places bilingual books in the hands of our bilingual students so that their loved ones can take part in their literacy education.

    On a personal level, my husband and I have four wonderful children. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading children's books, and enjoying the outdoors."