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Instructor Spotlight: Ernest Sparacin

 

Ernest Sparacin can definitely tell you a thing or two about teaching adults. “Being a great teacher starts with being sensitive to the students, understanding their position, and moving forward from there,” affirmed Sparacin. As an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor in a classroom with students from all over the world, Sparacin certainly needs sensitivity and perceptiveness. To understand his novice students, he must rely on his and students’ nonverbal communication in addition to drawings on the board.

Sparacin’s unconventional background gives him a unique way of relating to his non-English speaking students. Sparacin was an independent graphic communications designer. His job was to find ways to share information nonverbally with consumers. It’s the perfect skill set for an instructor teaching someone who doesn’t know English in a classroom with native speakers of multiple languages.

Sparacin puts this imaginative hat on every day as he enters the classroom. “I make doing the work a creative and fun experience. In fact, I’m having too much fun,” laughed Sparacin. With 13 years of experience in adult education under his belt, Sparacin has hundreds of former students that would likely agree.The ESL class is more fun than a Las Vegas show.

Despite the atmosphere of fun Sparacin is serious about something; an ESL student’s limitation is linguistic only and that is temporary. “The potential in these students is always there, but the hurdles without command of English leave them stuck,” sighed Sparacin. Sparacin is super  proud of the role he’s played in the lives of students who have overcome those hurdles. Some of his students are now nurses, engineers, and other professionals.

Grayson College Adult Education has a whole team of excellent instructors. Sparacin is just like them only different, and we like it that way!

 

 

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