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My name is Jelena Chiltern and I am an English as a New Language (ENL) coordinator at Cecil H. Parker. I was born in Belgrade, Serbia where I started teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) at the age of sixteen. Having received a master’s degree in English linguistics and literature from the University of Vienna, Austria and a master’s degree in education from Hunter College, New York, I created a foundation for my career as a language teacher for the past 10 years. I started working for the Department of Education (DOE) of New York City in 2010 and taught English as a second language (ESL) for five years both in the Bronx and Queens. I was employed by the Mt. Vernon School District in September 2015.
As a polyglot and a linguist I can relate to my students during their English language acquisition stages. When working with me, students are engaged in academically rigorous, content and project based activities that are engaging, hands-on and meaningful. My job is to create language scaffold necessary for both academic and personal growth. My aim is to connect with my students, understand their emotional, cultural, linguistic and academic needs and offer comfort and language support until they are ready to navigate in the school setting as independent and successful scholars.
In free time I enjoy writing stories and I am hoping to publish my first children’s illustration book in December 2017.