Thriving Former IEL Student Returns to Osborne

IEL student visits former high school to offer inspiration to English Learners.

Santos Perez, a 2ndyear student at Georgia State, wows the staff and students with his success story.

Santos entered Osborne as an IEL student from Guatemala with little to no knowledge of the English Language.  During his tenure at Osborne, Santos worked his way from being a Student with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) to a thriving student in both his academic and language development.

Santos’ tenacity led him to fulfill all graduation requirements that provided him a clear pathway for college and career success.  At present, he is making significant progress as a second year criminal justice major at Georgia State and aspires to help others to be successful in their future endeavors.

Santos’ example serves as a model for other students on how one can build lasting relationships with community partners.  Volunteering his services to various criminal justice organizations is just one example of how he has continued to learn while serving others.

As a way to give back to his community and inspire others, Santos returns to Osborne and delivers inspirational messages in hopes that his story will ignite future leaders and create connected communities.  We celebrate Santos for all he is doing and look forward to his ongoing work with the Osborne community.  Job well done!


Dr. Mae Wlazlinski, Supervisor
ESOL / Title III

Contributing Authors: Dr. Camelle Simmons and Heidi McCravy

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