Elizabeth Dukart

Elem. ESL Teacher | Albuquerque, NM

Elizabeth Dukart is a fourth-grade teacher at Sandia Base Elementary in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a member of the fourth-grade cadre in our Common Core in Albuquerque project.

Hear what Elizabeth has to say about Cinderella lesson plans and the role of ESL teachers in the Common Core in her video interview and journal entries below.

Video Interviews


Journal Entries

The process of creating lesson plans

Thinking back on the process of developing our lessons, my first reaction is surprisingly a sense of optimism for the future. Although there are many ideas and concepts which have been important, having the opportunity to work with true professionals who so clearly care and give so much has helped me to revitalize my own flagging enthusiasm and teaching. In this time of standardization and mandated curricula, this has been a rare experience in creativity and the art of teaching.

However, this has truly been a process. I started with very limited knowledge about the new Common Core Standards we would be working with, and even an incomplete picture of the project I was taking on. Initially the meetings were very overwhelming and largely, I passively observed. I think that the combination of beginning the process late and the open nature of the project made it especially challenging.

With time, the project began to take shape in my mind, and our working team began to come together. While I began the process feeling behind, after several weeks of review and delving into the content it was amusing to find our group chomping at the bit to begin creating our lesson plans ahead of the timeline.

One of my own challenges during this process was the freedom we were given to create lessons. Often teacher are given a very scripted curriculum to follow, and while I have been given wonderful freedom during my teaching experiences, the possibilities we were given were so much larger.

Sharing collaboration with colleagues

I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to be able to do the kind of work our cadre is working on with my grade level or as a vertical articulation activity with other staff members at my school…I know I work with some wonderful people, and would love the opportunity to learn from them and share the ideas I find and use.