By Rossella A. 

Refugees leave everything behind to come to the United States. JEVS’ Center for New Americans (CNA) plays an important role by helping them when they arrive. CNA offers support through programs, job opportunities, and Vocational English Language Training (VELT) classes.  

Iryna, who is from Ukraine, studied English and French Language & Literature at Drohobych Pedagogical State University. She then became a certified teacher and taught for over 10 years. Due to the war in Ukraine, Iryna and her family moved to the USA in July 2022. Despite the challenges of starting over in a new country, Iryna stayed determined. CNA helped her create a resume, and JEVS hired her as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Iryna helps her students enhance their language skills. Most of all she loves the diversity of students in her ESL classes. She says she is learning so much about other places around the world.  

Iryna uses a variety of teaching techniques in her classes. She focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to give her students. She is happy to help others and works enthusiastically on behalf of her students at the Center for New Americans.  

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