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OVSD Announces Nominees for OC 2019 Language Learner Celebration

Ms. Castillo with EL students in OVSD The Ocean View School District proudly announces its two nominees in the 7th Annual Language Learner Celebration, hosted by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) on May 2, 5-7 p.m. at the Marconi Automotive Museum. This year's outstanding individuals who make significant contributions advocating for language learners are Sara Ostravopour, Teacher at Marine View Middle School, and Guadalupe Castillo, English Learner (EL) Assistant at College View Elementary School (Photo: top left). Students, peers and administrators helped deliver the good news.

Mrs. Ostravopour with OVSD and Marine View staff Mrs. Ostravopour (Photo: right), a model teacher in Ocean View, teaches English Language Arts & English Language Development to approximately 220 Marine View students. She provides engaging literacy support and is a strong advocate for English Learners as evidenced by their growth and success on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and District Reclassification Rates. Dedicated to teaching students how to think critically, collaborate, and reflect on their own learning, Mrs. Ostravopour also makes personal connections that positively contribute to her students' social-emotional and academic success. According to the nomination submitted to OCDE, her students feel valued and encouraged to succeed, because they know Mrs. Ostravopour truly cares about each student.

Photo (right): Marine View Principal Sara Schaible, Mrs. Ostravopour, Teaching & Learning Coordinator Kristi Hickman, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Julianne Hoefer

Ms. Castillo Mrs. Castillo inspires EL students and staff by connecting with them using her own experiences, since she grew up as an EL student herself. She is a tireless supporter, always advocating for each student as she works with educators to provide powerful instruction for a positive impact on student success. Mrs. Castillo provides proactive communication to parents, and serves as a knowledgeable role model for peers on the EL team by providing training geared to increase language acquisition with newcomers, as well as implementing research-based language programs. According to the nomination submitted to OCDE, she is patient, kind, caring, engaging, and creates a safe learning environment for students.

Photo (bottom left): Dr. Hoefer, Ms. Hickman, Mrs. Castillo, and College View Principal Elaine Burney