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May 12, 2004

Bush Honors ESL Teacher

An ESL teacher was awarded first prize by US President George Bush as the 2004 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held in the White House at the end of April. Bush described 20-year veteran Kathy Mellor as someone who "embodied the qualities that all students and parents hope for in a teacher". Mellor redesigned the ESL programme in North Kingstown, Rhode Island to help foreign students integrate with their English-speaking classmates. She also taught the mothers of those children, using government funding she had sought out herself. Bush used the ceremony to publicize an increase in federal funding to the No Child Left Behind Act, which makes states accountable for meeting educational standards, and rewards those that excel.

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