Andrews ISD Has a Different Bilingual Program Than Most 10/25/13
CBS 7 News
Students in Andrews ISD have a unique immersion bilingual opportunity that many other schools don't have. When students enroll as kindergarteners, they can enroll in the Gomez and Gomez bilingual program, which was implemented in 2010. This means they learn some subjects in English and some in Spanish.
"The point is to take those whose Spanish is their first language and make it easier for them to transition into their second language at a high academic level," says Underwood 4th grade teacher, Patricia Bustamante.
“Now we have better alignment and a better transition," says Devonian Principal, Belma Avena.
Superintendent Dr. Bobby Azam says the best thing about the program is a student being able to be fully versed and confident in their second language. Adding a second teacher to the middle school can continue that.
"They work in bilingual pairs and they translate for each other," says Devonian 5th grade teacher, Lizett Montoya. Montoya teaches both English and Spanish students science in Spanish. Avena says Montoya's students rarely ever get into trouble.
Superintendent Azam says about one third of the students enrolling in kindergarten are coming through this program. He says by fifth grade they'll be able to speak, understand, read and write in both English and Spanish.