I teach English as a Second Language in Hempstead Union Free School District. In addition to my regular teaching duties (I teach 61 Hispanic children in grades one and two), I run an after-school program called "Hispanic Homework Club". Many students here have parents who do not speak English and are illiterate in their own language. They are unable to help their children do their homework. I work with these students and help them complete homework assignments and projects. Since many students do not have computers at home, they are able to use the computers in the club classroom to do their research. With the limited resources at hand in our school, I try to make a difference in the lives of my students. Their parents are very grateful and the kids love to come and study with me after school!
(Betsy Landsman is a member of Hempstead Teachers Association)