• Welcome to my Classroom

     "We are all given the same number of hours each day but the way we spend each minute of those hours makes a great difference."-- Author unknown
    Name:  Lori J. Williams
    Email Address:  lori_williams@iss.k12.nc.us

    Welcome to the ESL Department at NB Mills Elementary School! The 2017-2018 school year will be my fourth year teaching in the Iredell-Statesville School District. I teach English as a Second Language to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Prior to joining NB Mills, I was enrolled in the Graduate Teaching Certification Program for Teaching ESL at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.  I previously served as a Volunteer ESL teacher for adult students in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I look forward to another great year of meeting wonderful parents and teaching the hard-working ESL students at NB Mills.   
    Our Classroom Mission

    Our mission is to learn English. We will speak, read, write, and listen to English every day.  We will also use our English language skills to help us succeed in our content area classes.  We will continue to use and become more proficient in our native languages.  We will work hard to reach the next proficiency level on the 2018 ACCESS language test and/or show growth in at least one domain.  We believe in ourselves. So, when we say we can do it, we believe we can do it.  We will try our best on all of our tests and assignments.  We believe we will reach our goal.
    About Me

    I have been an attorney for twenty-nine years.  I have practiced law in three states, one foreign country, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  I love to read.  I also love to travel because it gives me an opportunity to learn about other cultures. Over the years, I have visited Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, as well as countries in Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean.  I chose education as a second career because of my strong interest in teaching and my passion and desire to help students learn and succeed. My teaching philosophy is based on the view that every student has the potential to succeed and is deserving of a sound education.  I have high expectations for every student, every day.  I encourage my students to work hard in order to reach their goals.  I truly believe that they can succeed if given enough support and encouragement.  For that reason, I try to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students want to learn. I also try to ensure that the lessons and activities are challenging, authentic, culturally responsive and specifically designed to address the needs of the students in the class.  Finally, I believe that it is important to affirm diversity, and embrace multiculturalism inside and outside of the classroom.