Judith Aragon is a veteran teacher who, after 36 years, brings a wealth of experiences and insight into language acquisition and the development of literacy skills in K–12 content classes. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and a master’s in Second Language Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has New York state teaching certificates in English to Speakers of Other Languages K–12 and Spanish 7–12.
During her career, Judith has taught multilingual learners from many countries, educating emergent bilinguals in sheltered K–8 ENL classes, mainstream content classes for grades 3–8, in a dual language program for grades K–6, as well as Spanish Language Arts 6–8. As a turnkey trainer in the Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) since 2008, she has mentored partner teachers, modeling differentiation strategies, integrating instructional technologies, and facilitating the creation and modification of curriculum materials.
Judith is passionate about collaborating with fellow educators to create classroom environments that value and embrace the unique cultures, linguistic skills, and experiences of all learners. She believes it is important for all teachers to understand language development. She works alongside other educators providing guidance on how to support students at all levels of language acquisition to enhance their communication skills and build their confidence as readers and writers.
In her free time, Judith enjoys being with her three children, discovering new walking trails, and is an avid reader of science fiction. She has recently revived old skills and is relearning the piano and knitting. As a lifelong learner, she is always looking for new creative outlets.