Exploring ELD student’s backgrounds

Giovanni Lopez

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

The school’s English Language Development classes hold students from many different countries including Honduras, Armenia, Guatemala and Ukraine. 

“Love meeting all the different students and learning about their different cultures,” said Casey Klein, English teacher for ELD students.  

The students all have one thing in common. They came to America to find a better life. Whether that be feeling safe or wanting a better education, they seek for another start. 

Alex Borzenko, a TCA junior, first went to Mexico running away from a war in Ukraine about five years ago.  In order to move from Ukraine to Mexico, Alex and his family had to sell many of their belongings. As they moved to Mexico, he and his family lived in a hotel for a couple of days and from the hotel, took a three-day trip in a bus to get to the U.S. border to get confirmation to be a legal citizen. It took five years after getting his documents to get his green card allowing him to live permanently in the U.S. 

“I like it more than Ukraine,” said Alex. 

Sona Stepanyan, a TCA sophomore, came to the U.S. in order to seek a better education. She arrived here from Armenia with her mom, dad, and younger sister with no relatives here in the U.S. Throughout the course of her time here, she was having a hard time learning English and was having a hard time making friends. Though, it was until middle school where she got to make her close friends. 

“I feel like this is my place,” said Sona. 

Nuha Nimaga, a TCA freshman, arrived in the U.S. from Gambia because most of his family was here. Overall, they wanted to be closer with their relatives that lived here in the U.S. 

“I feel I got to know more of my family,” said Nuha.

Anna Martinez, a TCA junior, here from El Salvador, moved here because her mom suggested that she live here. Due to her mothers complications with her health, Anna came here in order to take care of her. Not only this, but she was also sensing that things were starting to get dangerous in El Salvador. 

“I feel better, I feel safe,” said Anna.

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