International Student Program Teacher
Kara Pabón comes to Heritage Christian School with thirteen years experience teaching abroad in China, and more recently, as a faculty member at Campbellsville University's English as a Second Language Institute. Certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, she has taught English learners from more than 10 different countries and has extensive classroom experience with students at every level from kindergarten to adults.
As a result of her years abroad, Ms. Pabón has a deep understanding of the challenges inherent in crossing cultures, learning language, and living outside one’s comfort zone. As such, she is uniquely prepared to help international students navigate the cultural differences and linguistic barriers they will encounter in the context of an American high school. As a fluent Mandarin speaker, she is also able to give focused language and culture support to Chinese students who choose to study at Heritage.
In her role as International Student Program Teacher, Ms. Pabón is responsible for various aspects of program development as well as providing academic support to students through the International Student Seminar. During this daily class she focuses on areas such as language acquisition, cultural understanding, academic skills, and spiritual growth. Additionally, she regularly coordinates with each student’s academic instructors to address specific questions related to classes and course content. In everything, Ms. Pabón’s aim is to help Heritage Christian School provide international students an excellent education in a welcoming, supportive environment which values the presence and unique contribution of each student.