CFBISD Student, Staff Member Win BEAM Symposium Awards

CFBISD Student, Staff Member Win BEAM Symposium Awards

Newman Smith High School sophomore Kaeshy Haelyn Carrera Alvarado and CFBISD Bilingual/ESL Specialist Esperanza Hilts won prestigious awards at the BEAM (Bilingual/ESL Education of the Metroplex) 38th Annual Symposium on April 2, 2022, in Denton.

According to their website, BEAM is an organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence for both English learners and education professionals through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

Alvarado won the Student Essay Competition in the high-school category with her entry titled, “How Being Bilingual Assists You in Your Future Endeavors.” 

“Kaeshy is an incredibly dedicated student,” said Jose Alvarez, Alvarado’s Spanish teacher. “She is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English and is a fast learner.”

Alvarado entered U.S. schools in September of 2021. Her teacher, Amanjot Ludher, submitted the essay.

“Students who participate in this event have an opportunity to showcase their biliteracy and share their story,” said Carolina Christiansen, CFBISD Director of Bilingual/ESL.

Hilts received the Mil Gracias Award. This award is given in recognition of an individual’s contributions to the efforts and goals of BEAM.

“Recipients are active in meetings, chair committees, and support BEAM, the Texas Association for Bilingual Education, and the National Association for Bilingual Education,” said Olivia Perez, CFBISD Director of Bilingual/ESL. “Hilts designed their website, streamlined the memberships/symposium ticketing process, and ran newsletters for the organization.”