Louise Bauso

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Hi, my name is Louise and I live in Brooklyn. I teach English as a Second Language at the Cobble Hill School of American Studies. Before I moved to Brooklyn, I tried living many different places - Asheville, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. However, today I wouldn’t be anywhere else but New York. Similarly, before I became a teacher, I tried a lot of different jobs - pasta-maker, bookkeeper, museum guard, radio dj, bartender, welder, classroom assistant… but when I moved to New York in 2003, I looked for work in all of these fields and came up short. I applied for a fellowship that would put me straight in a classroom and send me to graduate school at night, and when I got it, I was anxious about the two year commitment. It seemed like forever. And now, ten years later, my time as a teacher has flown by, and I still feel like I’m learning how to do my job well.
I’m originally from North Carolina, and my mom was born all way down in Alabama. However, my father is from New Jersey, right across the river from Brooklyn. Let me introduce my family. My mother, Jean, is the most energetic person I know. She would rather walk a mile in the snow than take a taxi cab. My father, Tom, is an English and film teacher. Even though he’s social, he likes to spend most of his time with his dog Nico. My little sister Anne is researcher and writer. She’s the first person I call when I have a question about New York City like, “Where should I go eat in Midtown?” My sister Kate is an actress, but she’s also a mom to the cutest two girls I know: Sylvie and Marion.

Being a teacher takes up a lot of my time, but I consider myself a truly good teacher when I reach the point that I can do my job and have time for myself, as well. I work hard at work, but during the 45 minutes that I walk home to Red Hook, I don’t let myself think about teaching at all. I walk past both of my sister’s houses on the way, and sometimes I go upstairs to visit my two nieces. Some days I take the train up to Harlem to play cribbage with my mother. Sometimes I stop and sketch what I see, or just stare out at New York Harbor. Maybe I go to a yoga class, or running, or for a bike ride. Other days I just lie on my sofa and read, or work on a song on the piano, or listen to music. I love the summers, when my days slowly fill up with all of these activities, but I am excited to be participating in Youth Voices Summer Program this July, as well :)

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"Those Who Don't" Sample | By Zhi Hong Ni Those who don’t know any better think that when our name appears on the honor roll which hang on the school wall or we receive an award, we get praised with, “You are very smart.”... Added on Friday, October 30, 2015 - 13:54, with 1 comment(s)
Found Poem as Literary Response | Use this slideshow to guide you through the process of writing a found poem in response to any novel. Found poems are typically made by collecting words from another source and rearranging them... Added on Monday, June 15, 2015 - 10:59, with
Links to Major Assignments | Use this page to find instructions and links to major assignments and portfolio work for English as a Second Language at Cobble Hill School of American Studies. Group 1 Wedding Customs in Native... Added on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:23, with
Reading like an Actor | This mission works very well with the novel Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez, but you can use any portion of a novel that has a lot of dialogue.   Choose a page of a novel that is mainly... Added on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 11:43, with
What's in a Name? | For this mission, you will compose two pieces of writing about your name: a poem and a personal essay. This mission can be completed in isolation, or after reading Round 1 of Ernesto Quinonez's... Added on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:55, with
Bodega Dreams | by Ernesto Quinonez Don't forget to bring your signed parent letter and pick up your copy of the book! Book Preview • Analyzing Parts of Speech • Vocabulary in Context: List 1... Added on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:00, with
ESL Group 3 | Added on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 13:47, with
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ESL Group 1 | Added on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 13:46, with
Class Assignment Page | Use this page to keep up with your assignments from the 3rd marking period: Added on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 13:43, with
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