sh and Norwegian, as well as some German, Swedish and French Canadian.
It’s rare that her students at LEAP (Limited English Academic Proficiency) High School in St. Paul speak any of those languages. But all are trying to learn English while earning a diploma.
The 40-year-old Maplewood resident teaches writing and English at the school for new immigrants. She said Sunday that she has learned as much from her students as they have from her.
“I have learned to be much more humble and much more appreciative of the life I have been given,” she said. “Anyone who wants to complain about menial things in their lives — do you have food in your stomach, do you have food at home? Not all kids have those basic necessities.”
Hewett-Olatunde came to LEAP during her stu