Meet the ELL Teachers
Alessandra Huguet is a proud mother of two teenage boys and has a wonderful husband who cooks for her when she gets home! She is a certified K-12 ESL teacher working at South Row and Center Elementary School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts (Magma Cum Laude) and her Master of Arts in Teaching English as Second Language (Highest Honors) from Salem State University. She became a member of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 192 and member of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement and service to the field of Education. She also received an Associate Business Degree in Entrepreneurship from Hesser College (Summa Cum Laude).This is Mrs. Huguet’s fourth year as an ELE teacher in Chelmsford. She is also a new RETELL instructor hired by the Massachusetts Department of Education. She will "...prepare teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that the growing population of English language learners can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders of the 21st century global economy." (SEI Manual)Prior to working in Chelmsford, Mrs. Huguet lived and worked in Europe: the Copenhagen Amateur Theatre Circle in Denmark for two years and Linguarama/Berlitz in France for six years. She received a certificate from the Royal Society of Arts/University of Cambridge for a course in teaching English as a foreign language to adults. She was a language instructor in Paris, France where she taught adults and children. This is where she met her husband and gave birth to her two children who have dual citizenship. She also had to learn to speak French proficiently to work in France. In 2000, she moved to the States and worked as an ESL tutor in two elementary schools in Ipswich, MA. Then she worked in Adult Basic Education and taught beginner and intermediate ESL classes to adults for 9 years (refugees and immigrants).Mrs. Huguet is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other languages and a member of TESOL International, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Mrs. Huguet's favorite part of her job is being with her students and watching their academic language skills flourish year after year!
Catherine Martin Loew graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Spanish, and later from UMASS Boston with a Master’s degree in ESL Bilingual Studies. She spent 2 years teaching English as a Second Language in Sevilla and Pontevedra, Spain, and 3 years teaching in New York City, Hong Kong and Kyoto, Japan. She also taught first and second grades in a bilingual Spanish program in Waltham, MA, with children from many countries. Mrs. Loew has been teaching ESL at Byam and Center Schools since 2010 and enjoys participating in the Byam Variety Show. She also enjoys singing and using poetry with her students, who range from Kindergarten to fourth grade. She is a member of TESOL and MATSOL and attends their conferences each year.
“I want my students to feel proud of the fact that they speak two languages, and to feel comfortable and confident growing up in two cultures. These students (and their parents) have a unique perspective to offer their teachers and peers; they enrich our school community. I really enjoy learning about their home countries and cultures. I try to give my students the opportunity to tell me what’s on their minds and discuss difficulties they may be having in the classroom. It’s important for them to know they can count on me for both emotional and academic support. It’s also very important for me to communicate with the homeroom teachers so that together we can decide how to best meet their needs.”