As a third generation teacher, Ms. Elaine Batallan followed in her grandmother and mother’s footsteps. By the time she finished elementary school, she knew she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Florida International University and in 2000, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In 2002, Ms. Batallan graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Science Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her passion for teaching and learning led her to further her education, and in 2006 she graduated from Nova Southeastern University with an Educational Specialist Degree in Reading Education.
In the 21 years Ms. Batallan has been at Charles R. Hadley Elementary, she has worked as an after school care leader, office assistant, first grade teacher, third grade teacher, and fourth grade teacher. She also served as a member of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council for nine years. In addition, she worked at Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary as a kindergarten teacher for three years. Ms. Batallan’s teaching experience transcends from children to adults. She was an adjunct faculty member in the English for Academic Purposes and Foreign Languages Department at Miami Dade College for 11 years. As an adjunct professor, she taught Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Speech/Listening Levels 1-6 college credit courses to non-native English speakers pursuing associate or bachelor degrees.
As a compassionate and conscientious educator, Ms. Batallan’s goal has always been to balance the cognitive and affective needs of her students. This balance helps to nurture a love and desire for learning that makes the path to success easily attainable.