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Jill Van Ness, an ESL teacher, honored by LUSD for work with her students

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2008 10:00 pm

Jill Van Ness, an English-language development teacher at Lodi High, will tell you that she teaches English to high school students.

What she won't tell you - at least not freely - is how far she'll go to do her job.

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  • posted at 3:13 pm on Sat, May 10, 2008.


    This story had the potential to be so much more. What about some questions regarding her dinners with the students (how often, how many, etc.); how many students have actually graduated from a 4-year college and/or how many are enrolled; how does she see the LUSD handling or supporting her for the future, etc. Instead, we're left with American Idol questions! It's too bad, Jill deserved a better interview than that!

  • posted at 10:06 am on Fri, May 9, 2008.


    Jill, you are such an inspiration and role model for everyone in LUSD and well deserve your accolade. Keep up the good work and bringing nothing but positives to LUSD.

  • posted at 3:25 am on Fri, May 9, 2008.


    Very, god story. Looks like she stiing on a rickety swing though

  • posted at 3:07 am on Fri, May 9, 2008.


    Jill is an inspiration to students and teachers alike. In times when it seems one person can't make a difference, Jill is proof that one person's passion, dedication and wisdom can guide young people to a better place in life. Merci, Jill!

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