Title: ESL Instructor/Family Literacy Coordinator
Parkland Adult Education
Winner, 2011 Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award, Illinois Community College Trustees Association
Having taught a variety of Parkland adult education classes for more than 50 semesters including GED, pre-GED, and family literacy, Sheri Langendorf has taught English as a Second Language exclusively for the last 10 years. Her teaching philosophy recognizes that adult ESL students must become acclimated, not only to a new language, but to a new environment and different culture as well, so each day in her classroom "is a new day, designed so that each student can learn one new skill in a comfortable and accepting environment and can feel closer to achieving his or her long-range goals.
"As students become acclimated, I also strive to be a community resource for them," Langendorf, a resident of Urbana, said. "I try to instill confidence in each student's ability to learn."
Outside of the classroom, Langendorf has served as the Family Literacy Coordinator for her department; with the help of a state Leadership Grant she sought and received, she developed Health Literacy curriculum materials that were distributed to all adult education programs in Illinois. She has worked extensively with the Project Read program and received a Reading is Fundamental Grant to distribute books to children and provide family literacy activities to communities in Parkland's district; the RIF Program distributed more than 30,000 books to area youth. In addition, Langendorf serves as planning committee co-chair for Parkland's local Read Across America Community Celebration, which has distributed more than 10,000 new books to children in District 505. Her work has garnered multiple statewide awards.