Sara Sierra is one amazing student. Three years ago she moved from Colombia to the United States, settling in Ohio with her mom and two sisters. In that short amount of time Sara mastered the English Language AND earned The Seal of Biliteracy, an award granted to students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in two languages.
"What's special about Sara earning The Seal of Biliteracy is that she is a former ESL student," said Maria Gilmore, ESL Teacher, Elyria Schools. "She is the first one (student) so far (to do this), because they have to learn English and pass the Ohio ELA II test, which is hard even for native English speakers. Sara passed it with a high score. And this was all going on during COVID.
"She was always wanting to go higher in the classroom," Gilmore said. " That's what helped her get to where she is now." Hear Sara's inspiring story on this episode of Petey Podcast!