“I am not discouraged by my students’ lack of English skills as much as I am challenged by it,” Marieth said of the 86 percent of students who failed the English language assessment at her school. Marieth has over thirty years of teaching under her belt, but that isn’t what makes her special. Her resolve to be challenged as a teacher when her students are failing is what makes her a diamond in the rough. She doesn’t see failing students, she sees failing teaching strategies.

Marieth noticed teachers at her school who focused on sailing through the content rather than taking the time to ensure students understood the content. Hoping to become a better mentor to young teachers at her school, Marieth attended a Mwangaza teaching seminar. It was there she was able to learn strategies proven by research to teach students who are also English language learners. The seminar helped her take the strategies she had been using for years and make them concrete, allowing her to clearly teach them to others. She even picked up several new strategies that help students connect what they already know to new information . “There’s more to education than just finishing the syllabus. Teachers must be committed to going step-by-step as we have learned at Mwangaza seminars.”