AmeriCorps Member

Lana Russell

ESL Instructor

LEAF Program

  1. Lana RussellWhy were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program at AHS?
    AmeriCorps programs had been on my radar since graduating college. I was drawn to the ESL position because I had recently finished a certificate program for ESL instruction and was very interested in moving to Chicago. I was extremely lucky to have found this position.
  1. What motivates you as an ESL Instructor?
    Student enthusiasm is extremely motivating. I would like to be a positive facilitator for their language learning. Also, it is wonderful to share my experience while also hearing about the experiences of my students. It is a great feeling when you have very little shared language but are still able to laugh together!
  1. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
    Ecstatically rewarding and strengthening.
  1. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
    I hope I can help nurture their desire to live and thrive in the U.S.
  1. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
    Learning about the students, their lives, strengths and motivations, has been a strength in my own life. It has been enlightening and humbling to hear about everything my students have overcome and accomplished. Witnessing this fuels my desire to be a positive influence in their current endeavors.
  1. What are you most proud of so far in your service year?
    I am proud of the students that I have had this year. It is rewarding to see your students gain confidence, understanding, and comfort in their lives, in Chicago, and through the English class levels that we have here at LEAF.

Bonus questions!

  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    French Fries. As long as I could dip them or dress them in various sauces. (Not really a traditional “meal” but I’d be content munching on potatoes, anytime).
  1. What is your favorite holiday and why?
    I’m not very big on holidays, but any time designated for mass food preparation and consumption with good company is a grand ol’ time.
  1. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
    Two eras interest me: I would like to travel back to prehistoric human development to see how communication worked before language development. I would also like to travel back to experience the ancient civilizations. The time periods between the Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations/empires would be fascinating. I’d like to see the similarities between modern functions and those of the ancient world.
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