Darcy Poquette’s La Follette High School classrooms include an amazing variety of young people with one thing in common: They struggle in school. She teaches English as a second language—a program for which she serves as department chair at LaFollette—English language arts and AVID/TOPS, a college prep program for students who are underrepresented in college.

Many of Poquette’s students are English language learners, from a range of places worldwide, speaking a variety of languages. Her job is not only to teach English, but also to help students integrate into the school community. She does that through efforts such as a club for kids who’ve arrived in the country in the past three years, as well as the Asian Club. For her students, her door is always open and “there’s a good vibe in my classroom.”

Poquette adapts her class lessons so they click with her students. She says she enjoys learning from them. “I love the energy of the students. I love seeing them make significant progress.” 

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