Mary Ann Zehr, who has covered ELL issues for years at Education Week, has announced her departure to become a high school ESL teacher.

It’s a real loss to all of us, but a huge gain to her future students.

Mary Ann has reported on crucial information and events related to English Language Learners that no one, and I mean no one, else has covered anywhere.

Millions of students in the United States are ELL’s, and their number is growing. We can all hope that, though Mary Ann’s talent, insight, and commitment can’t be fully replaced, Education Work will continue to make coverage of these issues a priority.

Good luck, Mary Ann. I’d encourage people to go over to her last post to leave a comment.