My name is Carlo Buzzi and I am an ESL 1 teacher in the J House. I have taught twenty four years for Boston Public Schools and twenty two of them have been at Eastie. This teacher has also taught in Texas, New Mexico, California and Mexico. I was also very fortunate to do my student teaching at the American School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. My teaching experiences include several student exchanges with my brother's Spanish classes from Vermont and public schools in Puerto Rico. I have graduate degrees in bilingual/ESL and also in administration.
I believe that our English Language Learners represent a unique group of individuals who will one day be able to effectively contribute in this global society in which we live. They will use their bilingual and bicultural skills in the work place as well as in social settings. This teacher feels that he was "born to teach" and that his entire life has been a preparation for instructing young adults from other countries.
This summer began with a wonderful three day workshop in PRETexts program at Harvard University. The experience was life changing for me and I believe that the skills and strategies that I have learned will provide an immediate benefit to my students this year.
This teacher always enjoys working in the ELLSEA summer enrichment program for BPS. This summer was particularly fun and valuable because my classes were multi-ethnic. I had students from: Nepal, the Dominican Republic, China, Haiti, Cape Verde and Kenya. Each day after school, I would feel personally enriched by my contact and interaction with these wonderful young adults.
It is my firm belief that the more time students spend learning each day, the better prepared they will be once they graduate. For this reason, the Talented and Gifted program (TAG) in collaboration with UMass Boston has been such a success for our ESL students. I am involved in the before school chat/tutorial as well as ESL classes after school. With support from our partners, such as: PIC, Gear-up, NOAH, Zumix and the YMCA our students put extra time into learning English and experiencing life in and around East Boston.