Judah Lakin, M.Ed. TESL 2009

Judah Lakin received his BA in History from Brown University and became acquainted with RIC when he was teaching at Hope High School in Providence. There he enrolled in a RIC program on-site at the high school to earn an ESL endorsement. Here, he reports, "he was lucky enough to meet Professor Nancy Cloud." These ESL courses led Lakin to pursue the M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language. "I did the entire program while working, and it was incredibly awarding to receive such personal and meaningful guidance from both Professor Cloud and the other professors with whom I worked." But Lakin's work with English language learners went well beyond the classroom. His efforts to assist undocumented students obtain legal status so they could afford in-state tuition rates for college was profiled in a New York Times article in March 2009. He has also co-authored a book with Nancy Cloud, Erin Leininger and Laura Maxwell, Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners: Essential Strategies for Middle and High School, Caslon publishing, 2009. Lakin has traveled extensively, including to the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Guatemala, to visit and learn from the families and communities he teaches here in the United States. He now resides in California and continues his work as a high school teacher of English Language Learners. According to Lakin, "my degree from RIC gave me practical skills that I use every day."