Tema Encarnacion

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Tema Encarnacion is an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, MD. Tema integrates advocacy, geography and technology into her classroom to encourage her students to become changemakers in their communities while developing English language skills. After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a degree in International Affairs, Tema served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. There she spearheaded projects such as micro-enterprise workshops, community sanitation projects and demonstration organic gardens.

Upon returning from overseas, Tema completed her Masters Degree in TESOL and has been working with immigrant students and families for the last 18 years. Tema’s recent professional accomplishments include national presentations on best practices for English Learners and technology integration. Additionally, she has developed hands-on project-based curricular units in which students develop real-world competencies while developing their English language skills.

Outside of the classroom Tema has worked with colleagues to found a non-profit organization, The Chesapeake Language Project, which aims to increase educational opportunities for immigrant students who graduate from Maryland high schools. In addition, inspired by her students’ tenacity and fortitude, Tema recently published her first novel, Secrets of the Moon, which tells the story of a young girl and her mother as they immigrate to the United States from Central America. Tema is enthusiastic to extend her learning about global geographic issues and integrate these first-hand experiences into her instruction.

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