Project Ignite

Innovation to Grow, Nurture, and Inspire Teachers of English-learners

Walter Moore III, ’20

Walter Moore III, Reidsville High School English Language Development teacher, has been named Rockingham County Schools 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year! Walter began his career in education in 2004 and has been a part of the RCS family since 2016. Walter participated in Project EnACTeD, completing the NC Teach (TESOL) residency licensure program in 2020 and recently completed the first Project Ignite Professional Learning Community (PLC) in 2023.

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Jhonatan Marin Mesa

An active participant in the UNC Greensboro School of Education’s EnACTeD (Engaging and Advancing Community-Centered Teacher Development), and now IGNITE (Innovation to Grow, Nurture, and Inspire Teachers of English-Learners) programs, Jhonatan Marin Mesa was recently honored as the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Teacher of the Year. 

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Dr. Matthew John Wynne, ’23

Dr. Matthew John Wynne, Educator in Residence (NAEA) Program Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, completed the ESL Add-on Licensure program in Spring ’23 through Project Ignite. He is a recipient of the TALMA Summer 2023 Fellowship in Israel.

TALMA places fellows in low-income schools in the Israeli periphery as an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the movement for education equity. Through this fellowship, Matthew facilitated English instruction in East Jerusalem to fourth-grade students. He engaged in professional development, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities. What an exciting opportunity to tour the nation viewing hallmark religious and historical sites in the region.

Carla Flores-Ballesteros, ’04

UNCG Alumna and principal of Allen Jay Elementary Carla Flores-Ballesteros advocates for her Urdu-speaking students.

Carla knows all about getting the best of both worlds after her time at UNCG. After one year of full-time instruction, she spent her second year as a student intern with a principal in Guilford County schools. With this set-up, she learned through academics and through practice.

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Candace Heckstall, ’10

Learn more about Candace Heckstall, a 2010 graduate from the UNCG Master of Education in Teacher Education (TESOL) program. Candace is an advocate for multilingual education and has been taking on leadership roles throughout her educational career. She is excited to share with you that, “as you pursue your educational career through the [UNCG] School of Education, you can use your degree in many different ways that will support multilingual learners.”
Click here to learn about Candace’s career in her own words!