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Seal of Biliteracy

Gulfport School District Seal of Biliteracy 




"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world."

– Chinese Proverb


The Gulfport School District drafted the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan to include goals and action items around providing students with greater opportunities and supports initiatives around diversity and inclusion.  In December 2019, the Gulfport School District School Board approved the adoption of the Seal of Biliteracy.  In March 2020, School and District Leadership supported the adoption of Elementary Spanish being offered across the elementary schools as a 6 week module to begin exposing our children to a world language.  Students are able to begin taking Spanish in 6th grade. We offer Chinese as well as Advanced Placement French and Spanish at the high school.  In the 2021-2022 Academic School year, we welcomed our first cohort of recipients.  



 Elementary Spanish


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La Sra. Paola Ruiz Soto se desempeñará como maestra de inmersión en español de primaria en el distrito escolar de Gulfport. Es de Puerto Rico pero se mudó a Mississippi en 2016. Recibió su licenciatura de la Universidad de Puerto Rico con especialización en Filosofía con una especialización en francés. En Mississippi, obtuvo su maestría en Enseñanza de Idiomas con énfasis en español y TESOL de la Universidad del Sur de Mississippi. Además de su pasión por la enseñanza y los idiomas, a la Sra. Ruiz le gusta leer, cantar, ver películas y tomar una buena taza de café.

Mrs. Paola Ruiz Soto will serve as the Elementary Spanish Immersion Teacher in the Gulfport School District. She is from Puerto Rico but moved to Mississippi in 2016. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico majoring in Philosophy with a minor in French. In Mississippi, she earned her master's degree in the Teaching of Languages with emphases in Spanish and TESOL from the University of Southern Mississippi. Besides her passion for teaching and languages, Mrs. Ruiz enjoys reading, singing, watching movies, and having a good cup of coffee! 



High School Mandarin Chinese




我叫杨琳(蒂芙尼)龚。我在中国出生和长大。我从五岁开始学英语。我于 2014 年作为外国学生来到各州,毕业于威廉凯瑞大学 2016 级,获得中等教育硕士学位。我从研究生开始就一直在教中文。我于 2018 年在格尔夫波特学区开始了我的职业生涯。我热爱我的工作,珍惜与学生在一起的每一刻。我们每天都在学习文化和语言。我希望我的学生在版本和理解中成长,无论我们学习什么,无论我们来自哪里,无论我们是谁——我们应该始终选择尊重他人,始终愿意在这个国际团队中交流和倾听.

My name is Yanglin (Tiffany) Gong. I was born and raised in China. I learned English since I was five. I came to states 2014 as a foreign student and graduated from William Carey university 2016 class with a Masters degree in secondary education. I have been teaching Chinese since I was in graduate school. I started my career with theGulfport School District in 2018. I love my job and cherish every moment with my students.  Daily we learn about culture and language. I hope my student will grow up with version and understanding that no matter what we learn, no matter where we from, no matter who we are-- we should always chose to respect others and always be willing to communicate and listen in this international team. 


Blanca Lee

High School Spanish




Recibí mi Licenciatura en los derechos de University of Maryland University College en 2008.  Tambien recibí un certificado en español laboral.  Recibí mi Licenciatura de profesora por el Alternate Route Program's Teach Mississippi Institute de la Universidad de Mississippi en 2013.  Enseño niveles 1-4 de español , lengua y cultura española AP (avanzada), y literatura y cultura española AP (avanzada).  Estoy obteniendo mi mastería de enseñar español en la universidad de Southern Mississippi.  Estoy encargada de La Sociadad Honoraria Hispánica.

I graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 2008, earning a BS in Legal Studies.  While at UMUC, I also earned a certificate in Workplace Spanish. I became a teacher through the Alternate Route Program's Teach Mississippi Institute at Ole Miss in 2013.  I am currently working on my MATL (Masters of Arts in Teaching Languages-Spanish) at the University of Southern Mississippi.  I teach Spanish levels 1-4, AP Spanish Language & Culture, and AP Spanish Literature & Culture.  I am the sponsor of Los Almirantes, the Gulfport High Chapter of  National Hispanic Honor Society.