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Someone 2 Know: Joceline Esquivel

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Inside this first year English as a Second Language class at Wooster High School, students speak little-- if any-- English. E.S.L. teacher Nancy Gault has had students from all over the world. 
 
"They come in from Bangladesh, Guatemala, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Pakistan." 

High school is daunting for any freshman on their first day, but even more terrifying for somebody who doesn't speak the language. 
  
"My freshman year was hard," said Senior Joceline Esquivel. "Very, very hard."

In the fall of 2012 , Esquivel was in this E.S.L. class too. The only thing she knew how to say was: 
 
"'Hi, how are you'? Or the colors. Fruits," Esquivel. Back then, she was more focused on her family in Guatemala...
 
"She has been in country four or five years now without her parents," said Gault. 

Joceline was here practically alone.

"I wanted to go home," she said. "I wanted to see my family and just hug them." 

Graduating high school seemed far fetched. 

"It seemed like it was impossible," she remembers. "Yeah, because of the language." 

It's clear that Joceline speaks English very well today, and she's even excelled in extracurricular's. She is part of leadership, and Key Club. 

"And Spanish Club," she laughed. "That was easy for me."

Joceline is even a mentor for fellow E.S.L students. It took a lot of courage, but it also took compassion.      

"I needed somebody to tell me 'you can do it," said Joceline. 

That voice of encouragement came from Gault. 

"I've taken that step because I deeply care about her success today and tomorrow," said Gault, fighting back tears. "She'll probably be in my life forever."

It's a bond between a teacher and student that words-- no matter what language-- just can't describe. 

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