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Beth Bonne is a new ELL teacher at CCS for grades 5-12. (Johnson Publications photo)

Bonne pursues ELL to answer heartfelt need

■ Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on new certificated staff at Chase County Schools.

    Beth Bonne (pronounced “Bonnie”) began teaching at Chase County Schools this fall as the English Language Learner (ELL) instructor for grades 5-12.
    ELL classes are for students who are either challenged by the English language or are English non-speaking.
    Some come from non-English speaking homes and/or not native to the U.S., Bonne said.
    “It’s important to note that all students take the Measure of Academic Progress (M.A.P.) testing to assess them in their first or home language as a way to provide every student an equal opportunity to demonstrate what they know and what they are ready to learn next,” she said.
    Bonne said she really enjoys her classes because she loves the students.
    “They are really smart and funny,”  she said.
    She doesn’t consider this a job but rather a calling.
    She recounted an early experience with one of her sons when he was young.
    “He had an auditory learning problem. I didn’t like how teachers interacted with him, and I thought I could do better,” Bonne said.

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