The elementary school is pleased to welcome new English Language Learner Coaches, Gabriel Olmeda, and Maggie Bialobrzeski, to Concordia this year. They will be working closely with teachers to support students in language acquisition.
Gabriel Olmeda is from sunny California where he studied History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the Teach for America program and earn a Masters in Education at Boston University. He lived and taught in the Boston area for two years, before embarking on his first international teaching job in Shanghai. Gabriel has been teaching in Shanghai ever since. He has taught multiple grade levels and loves the unique experience that each age group brings. Gabriel loves to play tennis with friends and has a background in music with viola. He is inspired by underdog stories and people exhibiting unparalleled character. He chose to teach because he loves to help students achieve their personal goals. Gabriel is passionate about learning Chinese, reading, and hiking in the mountains.
Maggie Bialobrzeski was born in Poland and moved to Chicago with her family when she was 6 years old. She had an amazing English Language teacher in First Grade that ignited her passion for working with multilingual learners. From that year forward, Maggie always knew she wanted to be a teacher and went on to fulfill that dream by graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in elementary education. She taught grades K-3 in a bilingual classroom for 10 years and pursued a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Bilingual Education from National Louis University as well as another master’s as a Reading Specialist from Olivet Nazarene University. Maggie then worked as an ELL Specialist in a suburb of Chicago for three years before moving to China. Maggie has three children of her own they love to ride bikes and explore new places as a family.