058 : Meet Mrs. Dally – An ESL teacher who loves her students!



  1. Give their introduction
    • My friend’s mother
    • Dally Mesa
    • Lives in Maryland
    • Has been teaching for about 30 years
    • She loves her students
    • Loves reading about the brain (Favorite book: “Brainstorm”)
  2. Why did you become an English teacher and how long have you been an English teacher?
    • She started teaching right out of college
    • The principal was her friend, so she asked her to teach
    • Started teaching at a bilingual school
  3. Can you tell us about your first teaching experience?
    • Was dropped in the classroom
    • They gave her the books and basically said “Go for it”
    • There was a stray dog named “Old Maggy” that became the class pet
    • They were 6th graders
  4. As a teacher, what have you noticed are the three best qualities of a good English student?
    • Desire to learn (“Burning desire to learn”)
    • Consistency
    • Read
  5. Did you ever have a favorite student? Tell us about him/her
    • Her name was Susan
    • She was actually an English speaker BUT her English grammar was horrible
    • She was from North Carolina
    • Her parents had divorced and she had a lot of emotional issues
    • She wasn’t doing her homework because she was so distressed
    • She was a loner, but Mrs. Dally invited her to eat lunch with her
    • They shared a pickle and that led them to develop a great relationship
  6. What are the hardest things about teaching English?
    • Having them learn the vowel sounds (pronunciation)
    • How to make learning fun
  7. What do you enjoy most about teaching English?
    • Making the connection with students
    • The spark and twinkle in their eyes when they get something
  8. Do you speak another language? Tell us about it.
    • She speaks Spanish and a little French
  9. Do you know any good English resources?
  10. Advice for other 2nd language teachers, students, and teachers
    • You can do it!
    • It may seem like you are not improving, but keep going!
    • Practice, practice, practice
    • Practice, hear, and read
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