Leah Juelke is an English Learner teacher at Fargo South, the same school she graduated from in 2001. But things have changed in terms of population and demographics in the area in the last 17 years. Juelke says South has a much more diverse student population than when she went to school there and she believes its made South a better school.

Juelke took an indirect path to teaching. After attending NDSU, she joined the Army National Guard and served as a medic. She hoped to become a nurse. But after training soldiers in the medical field, she realized she loved teaching. Couple with visiting around two dozen countries, she has a unique appreciation for differing cultures.

Juelke teaches immigrant and refugee students that are learning basic English all the way up to students in English 4 ready to transition to mainstream classrooms. She says her main objective is to develop skills they can use in real life.

Juelke explains why she focuses on personalized learning, projects and teamwork, and the confidence her students gain by sharing their personal stories.

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