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CAROL SALVA - EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
Carol Salva’s passion for empowering students and teachers is infectious. She is a sought-after consultant who is also currently employed by Spring Branch ISD where she continually refines her pedagogy. Carol’s engaging and motivating presentation style serves as a model for sheltering instruction in the classroom. She continually receives positive feedback and praise from participants who appreciate her practical approach to supporting all students.
As a young person, Carol fell behind her peers academically. She eventually closed her own education gaps by capitalizing on traits instilled by her immigrant parents. Traits such as perseverance and grit came with her into her classroom when she decided to become an educator. She began as a special education teacher and later taught bilingual and ESL learners in elementary and middle school. She has most recently moved to high school with the 2016-2017 school year.
Carol was awarded the Spring Branch Independent School District's Teacher of the Year Award in 2009. She was also awarded the West Houston Chamber’s “Christa McAuliffe-In Search of Excellence” Teacher of the Year award in 2010. More recently, she co-founded a learning project to support thematic units for all grade levels. This effort, the San Felipe de Austin Heritage Learning project, earned her and her colleagues the E. Mott Davis award for public outreach by the Council for Texas Archeologists in 2016.
She specializes in using researched-based sheltered strategies to teach grade-level content to unschooled/under-schooled language learners. With proven success including these students in content area classes, Carol is able to support teachers to make these efforts practical and to the betterment of the general population.
Carol Salva holds a Masters degree in Education Administration that she uses to help improve processes and systems that support special populations. Along with her ESL certification, she is a Certified Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Trainer and a Certified Abydos Writing Trainer. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three school aged children.
Carol in The Leader Newspaper: http://theleadernews.com/esl-students-refugees-learn-hands-on-at-heights-restaurant/