By Nicole Thompson, Ambassadorial Scholar
I am proud to represent District 6270 as your Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2012-2013 school year and would like to thank Rotary for this opportunity.
As a freshman at Marquette University in 2007, I volunteered at Lincoln Avenue, an MPS bilingual elementary school, which led me to change my focus from journalism to education. As my passion for service and volunteer work grew, I came to understand how vital good bilingual education is to support English Language Learners in their desire to acquire English and succeed as students as a whole. My desire to inspire ELLs in Milwaukee was only furthered by my student teaching experiences in bilingual classrooms.
I will be studying at the Universidad Nacional de Salta in Salta, Argentina, a city of 500,000 nicknamed “Salta la Linda,” or “Salta the Beautiful.” I will be studying how languages are acquired, working toward a Masters of Science Degree in Language, as well as learning through experience. I will be doing a service project with Cloudhead, and organization that combines English language acquisition, art, and technology to inspire young people.
I leave for Argentina in late January and cannot wait to serve as a representative of Milwaukee and the United States in Salta. I am so eager to begin making connections and become more of an expert in language acquisition, so that when I return next December I will be able to serve as an inspiring and knowledgeable teacher working with ELLs in Milwaukee. The ability to apply what I have learned will give true value to my experience, and I am forever grateful to Rotary to making my dreams come true.