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2024 ESL Parent Academy

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April 25, 2024
Jason Gaston, APR

ALABASTER - Alabaster City Schools (ACS) successfully hosted the annual ESL Parent Academy on Thursday, April 24, 2024, bringing together the community to support and serve ESL (English as Second Language) families. The event, held at Thompson Intermediate School, aimed to provide invaluable resources tailored to the needs of the Hispanic population and others within the district.

Led and organized by Mr. Jose Alvarado, ACS Supervisor of Parent & Student Engagement, and Mrs. Mandy Heatherly, District ESL teacher, the ESL Parent Academy was a testament to ACS's commitment to supporting diverse communities. 

“Our ESL Parent Academy Night was a great success because of the many ESL families, local businesses, local and state organizations, ACS school administrators and school board members, and Superintendent Dr. [Wayne] Vickers’ participation and support,” Mr. Alvarado said. “The support that everyone demonstrated is what makes Alabaster City Schools one of the top school districts in Alabama, and we are grateful for everyone's participation.”

Dr. Vickers, ACS Board of Education members, and other district-level administrators were present to support and engage directly with community members. The come-and-go style event featured an array of resource booths, ranging from colleges and universities to other entities specifically curated to meet the needs of ESL families.

“As the second year of our ESL Parent Academy comes to an end, we are so proud of the connections that we have strengthened for our families,” Mandy Heatherly said. “We want to continue to promote a sense of belonging and opportunities for our entire community to empower themselves in education.”

The event served as a vital platform for ESL families to access information, connect with community resources, and engage in meaningful conversations with educators and administrators. Planning has already begun for next year’s ACS ESL Parent Academy. See more photos from this event via this Google Photos Album.