Bridging Communities: Our Lady Queen of Peace School’s ESL Program

A vibrant spirit of inclusion and community thrives at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. The Family Engagement Program is a unique initiative that embodies the school’s commitment to fostering connections beyond the classroom. This program offers many resources for families including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for parents which helps their integration into the school community and community at large. 

Every Friday morning, parents gather for their ESL class. Spearheading this endeavor is Enrique Talavera, a dedicated parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace and husband of Norma Talavera, a beloved Spanish teacher at the school. Together, they bring a wealth of experience and passion to the ESL classroom, creating a supportive environment. 

In addition to learning a new language, the ESL classes help build bridges between cultures and foster a sense of belonging. Through engaging lessons and interactive activities, participants improve their English proficiency and gain insights into American customs and traditions. This holistic approach ensures parents feel empowered to navigate daily life.

Beyond the classroom, the ESL program serves as a catalyst for meaningful connections and lasting friendships. Participants come together to learn, share their experiences and support one another on their journey towards language proficiency. 

The ESL class is a small part of the Family Engagement Program, but it’s already making a big impact. Empowering parents with language skills and cultural competence, the program paves the way for integration and participation in the broader community, fostering a culture of lifelong learning and collaboration.