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Ms. Margie Tavakalian

Dedicated and caring colleagues, inspiring and determined ELL students, and innovative and variety instruction are just a few of the reasons why I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be an ELL teacher for over 30 years at Beverly Hills Middle School. I never stop learning from my amazing colleagues with their new and novel ideas and their technology savvy ability. My English Language Learners are amazing students that have tenacity and determination to assimilate into their new and challenging culture and environment. Being an ELL teacher is rooted in my background and my biography since my grandparents were immigrants to America. They were my inspiration and often embedded in me the value of a great education and the opportunity America gives all its citizens to dream their dreams, work diligently and make those dreams become a reality. I often think about my grandparents humble beginnings and their assimilation into their new culture and rise to success in every aspect of their lives and for that reason and more I try hard to inspire my students who are immigrants and English Language Learners to believe in themselves, work hard, and aspire to be the best they can be. Through the years, the ELL Program has grown at BHMS from one ELL teacher to five ELL teachers giving BHMS an amazing ELL Team.

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