Open Up Resources EL Education K–8 Language Arts Teacher of the Month: Kristin Valle

Kristin Valle, a Reading Coach at Cleveland Elementary School of Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL), has been named the Open Up Resources EL Education K–8 Language Arts Teacher of the Month for September.

Valle’s work with EL Education K–8 Language Arts makes her one of the most innovative teachers in the country. The EL Education K–8 Language Arts curriculum inspires a new way of teaching language arts by engaging students through compelling, real-world content to build equitable and inclusive learning opportunities.


Colleague, Tina Chartier, shared that Kristin has gone above and beyond planning and implementing EL Education K–8 Language in their school. “Kristin works to incorporate technology by creating fun and engaging Nearpod lessons for students,” she noted.


Student engagement is high in Valle’s classes and students are excited to learn with the curriculum. Besides just supporting her own students, Chartier explained that “Kristin is available to plan with grade-level teachers and support their implementation as well.”


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About EL Education K-8: 

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country. Founded over 20 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, EL Education operates a national network of more than 150 high-achieving public schools serving over 4,000 teachers and 50,000 students, often in high-need communities.

EL Education creates great public schools where they are needed most. In addition, EL Education leverages its expertise to bring powerful resources to schools nationally: the organization provides curriculum, masterful coaching, and professional development, and publishes a portfolio of award-winning, educator-developed materials.

EL Education’s deep education expertise is simply unparalleled among materials developers. Learn more about EL Education here.