C’ville school, Judson team up for a dual education experience (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

CARPENTERSVILLE — “I didn’t pass!” one boy murmured as he and his classmates in his second-grade dual language class set down their pencils Tuesday at Liberty Elementary School here.

The class was doing “rocket math,” trying to complete as many math problems as possible in a minute. Tuesday’s goal was “treinta y cinco,” or thirty-five, correct answers.

Tatiana Reinbrecht circled the classroom, peeking over students’ shoulders and “starring” the worksheets of students who had met that goal. She pulled two boys aside to work on math problems together.

“Cinco menos uno?” she asked. That’s five minus one.

Jack Greenwell answered, then corrected himself: “Four! Cuatro!”

But Tatiana isn’t the boys’ teacher.

Tatiana, 17, is one of six student volunteers from both Jacobs High School in Algonquin and Judson University in Elgin taking part in Community Unit School District 300’s dual language program at Liberty.

And those volunteers are an added support as that program has expanded to include fourth grade this school year.

“I think it’s fantastic to be able to utilize our resources in the community,” Liberty Principal Amanda Edwards said. “It’s such a hard economic time for education; to be able to tap into those resources without spending and finances is the most resourceful and beneficial for our kids.”

Those partnerships started last school year when Cameron Monti’s son Caden was in kindergarten in the dual language program at Liberty. Monti, of Carpentersville, called it “a concerned parent response.”

There were 32 students in Caden’s class, with one teacher and no aides, he said. That made it the largest of the district’s dual language classes.

And, Monti said he knows “when you have a smaller class size, you foster a better learning environment.”

“I told the teacher if they need help, I would do anything I could there,” he said.

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