TELL Training Program: Hispanic initiative teachers selected for Cobb County Schools

Twenty Cobb County School District teachers were selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants to…

Georgia (May 9, 2003) — TELL Training Program: Hispanic initiative teachers selected for Cobb County Schools



Twenty Cobb County School District teachers were selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants to participate in the first round of the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Training Program.

The TELL Training Program −− funded by an $800‚000 federal grant to Kennesaw State University‚ in conjunction with the Cobb County School District −− will train mainstream teachers to more effectively work with students who are English language learners. Each of the 100 schools in Cobb County is expected to send a participant during the five semesters of the TELL grant. The first round begins this fall.

Several of the selected teacher participants will also take advantage of a two−week study abroad in Mexico made possible through a complementary grant through the Cobb County School District. The study abroad will include beginning‚ intermediate and advanced level Spanish language classes‚ along with urban and rural travel. The study abroad immersion experience was crafted by TELL personnel to help teachers understand the language and cultural barriers their students from other countries might face when entering U.S. schools. The trip will be May 31−June 14‚ 2003.

The TELL program provides strategies teachers can use to develop academic content and help students with language development. The program seeks to enroll skilled teachers who are most familiar with the culture and needs of their own schools and exhibit a strong commitment to helping students keep up academically while overcoming language difficulties. Teachers who complete the TELL Training Program are asked to customize what they learn to fit their own schools‚ serve as mentors to other teachers and spread the practices they learn.

Training begins August 19‚ and continues through 2005. Each semester‚ 20 teachers will receive intensive training. Those teachers will return to their own schools to train 20 additional teachers through mentoring and workshops. In all‚ 100 teachers will receive intensive training‚ and an additional 2‚000 teachers will receive mentoring and workshops. The TELL Training Program offers training to teachers both onsite and online.

In Cobb County and nationwide‚ the majority of English language learning students are Hispanic. The TELL Training Program was created collaboratively by Dr. Evelyne Barker‚ supervisor of Foreign Language and ESOL with the Cobb County School District‚ and Dr. Judy Holzman‚ professor of Spanish with KSU's Foreign Language department.

For more information‚ contact Sherie Fuchko‚ project director‚ at 404−403−1368 or

A list of participating teachers and their schools follows.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

TELL training participants and school

Ransom‚ Becky (Hayes ES)

Johannes‚ Michelle (Kennesaw ES)

Joynt‚ Jennifer (Campbell HS)

Utt‚ Heather (Mableton ES)

Patton‚ Daphine (Skyview ES)

St. Aimee‚ Joselyn (Campbell MS)

Conkright‚ Jan (Oakwood HS)

Wrensen‚ Susan (Daniell MS)

Diaz‚ Olympia (Palmer MS)

Hauseman‚ Rebecca (Sprayberry HS)

Bryant‚ Pamela (Bryant ES)

White‚ Kristen (Sedalia Park ES)

TELL and Mexico program participants:

Cole‚ Lille (Riverside ES)

Loftin‚ Brandi (Green Acres ES)

Kiehle‚ Mary Jo (East Cobb MS)

Arnett‚ Stacey (Durham MS)

McCracken‚ Lola (Wheeler HS)

McCoy‚ Wes (North Cobb HS)

Groover‚ James (Belmont Hills ES)

Filer‚ Lisa (Milford ES)


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit