Patel-Varughese, Neha


Neha Patel-Varughese
 English Learners (EL) Teacher

Neha Patel-Varughese
Middlefork School: (847) 881-9539 
  Sunset Ridge School: (
847) 881-9414

       Hi, my name is Neha, and I am the Kindergarten-8th grade English Learners (EL) Teacher.  I provide support for students whose home language is other than English and require additional support acquiring the English language. As a non-native speaker of English myself, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of students retaining their home language while simultaneously acquiring  English to develop a rich linguistic identity.  I encourage parents to use their native language so that students have an opportunity to establish a dual language identity in our multicultural community.
       As for my educational background, I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.  After a few years in the corporate sector, I decided to change course and try something new. I began as a part-time Middlefork Teacher Associate in 2003 and have been with the District ever since.  During this time, I obtained my second Bachelor’s degree, in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree, in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), both from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). I am back once again at NEIU in pursuit of a second Masters in Educational Leadership. Though most importantly, I have two growing boys who are currently navigating their way through middle school in our hometown of Lincolnwood. 



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