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Welcome to the
Garrison-Jones Elementary
Dual Language Program

For the 2013 and 2014 school we have Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Classes

Parents! Click here for
information on enrollment.


Spanish Immersion
Program Brochure


NY Times article:
The Bilingual Advantage

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Señora Skeim is a graduate of the University of South Florida. At the beginning of her teaching career, she taught at Tarpon Springs Middle School. After 10 years there, she transferred to Garrison-Jones Elementary when her daughter started kindergarten. She has been with the Garrison-Jones family for 20 years. She is married and has two daughters that are currently attending a University. On her free time, she enjoys the beach, cooking and traveling.

She is overjoyed with the opportunity to teach the Spanish immersion program that is starting at Garrison-Jones this fall. Spanish is very dear to her. She was born in Cuba and brought up in Costa Rica by missionary parents. Her middle school and high school years were in the Miami/Dade area.
People often say, “I would love to speak another language”. It is possible for our students!

The dual language program is an enrichment model of instruction. It emphasizes the importance of all students becoming bilingual and biliterate. Students will not just speak a second language, but they will become prepared for the 21st century where they can use it in the professional world.

Dual language develops best using both languages in meaningful contexts. When students are learning in a second language, they are not losing their first language. Instruction will remain aligned to the national core standards. The material in one language will reinforce the second language, but does not necessarily repeat. Students will be learning and increasing knowledge on grade level in both languages. Student engagement will be planned through collaborative learning structures to expand the constructs of meaning in listening, speaking, reading, writing and math. Curriculum activities will be meaningful, expand student language and increase their cognition.

We invite families to the Dual Language Program that are committed to supporting their child’s education and acquisition of a second language. Family commitment will require you to support your child’s learning in their first language and expecting nothing less than a rigorous curriculum at school in two languages.
Mrs. Sagan is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Early Childhood Education with Reading and ESOL endorsements. She came to Garrison-Jones as an ESOL teacher in January 2010 and then began teaching Kindergarten in 2011. She truly enjoys being the English teacher in the dual language program. In her free time, Mrs. Sagan enjoys going to the beach, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Sagan can't wait to learn Spanish along with her kindergarteners!
Carrasquillo Sra. Gidget Carrasquillo, 1st grade
Sra. Carrasquillo, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, where she got her degree in Elementary Education. She also graduated from Cambridge College, where she got her Masters Degree in Education. She is also certified in Elementary Education (K-6) and in Spanish (K-12). Sra. Carrasquillo has been a teacher in Puerto Rico for 12 years, and now she is very excited to be part of the Dual Language Program in Garrison-Jones Elementary.
Sra. Carrasquillo lives in Palm Harbor and has been married for 16 years and her child is a 2 years old female Shih-Tzu named Sassy.
Poliquin Mrs. Mary Ann Poliquin, 1st grade
Mrs. Poliquin graduated from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri with a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education.

Mrs. Poliquin has been a 1st grade teacher at Garrison-Jones for 13 years. She has a unique passion for teaching reading to beginning readers. She is happy to be a part of the Dual Language program and witnessing our children become bilingual.

She has been married for 42 years, has 4 children, 2 grandchildren with two more on the way!

Mrs. Poliquin is a true asset to our Garrison-Jones family.
Lister Mrs. Kelley Lister, 2nd Grade
Mrs. Lister graduated from The Florida State University in 2006, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an ESOL endorsement.

She began as a kindergarten teacher, where she spent two years before moving up to 1st grade, where she spent another 2 years. She has been teaching 2nd grade ever since and is very excited about her first year in the Dual Immersion Program.

She has been married for 6 years and is a foster parent. She enjoys spending time at home with her family, watching movies, and reading books.
Kogan Sra. Lorena Kogan, 2nd Grade
Sra. Kogan graduated from St. Petersburg College where she got her degree in elementary education. She also is certified to teach Spanish at all grade levels.

She is very excited to be able to continue her career as a Dual language teacher. She values the opportunity to teach Spanish since she came to the United States from Argentina ten years ago.

Sra. Kogan resides in Palm Harbor with her husband and two daughters. She also has two pets.

In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beach, reading and spending time with her family.