Emilita L.H. Poling, who taught English for Speakers of Other Languages at Patterson High School and helped children from Syria, Mexico and other lands adjust to American life, died Feb. 25 at the University of Maryland Medical Center from a streptococcus infection.
The Hampden resident was 43.
”Emilita was a wonderful, warm, loving, all-inclusive, dynamic and empathetic person with whom you immediately took to heart,” said Margot L. Harris, former chair of the ESOL department at Patterson High.
Ms. Harris, now an ESOL teacher in the Achievement Academy at Digital Harbor High School, previously headed the SPIRIT initiative at Patterson — formally known as Student Problem...