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Houston’s first Mandarin immersion school opens this month

August 6, 2012

Mandarin immersion school gears up for first year

Mandarin immersion school gears up for first yearPhoto by Alan Warren

Mandarin immersion school gears up for first year

Bryan Bordelon is the principal of the Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School that will open this fall in Bellaire.

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 4:00 pm | Updated: 5:02 pm, Fri Aug 3, 2012.

By CAROLINE EVANS
The Examiner

Though he wears a pressed shirt and tie during the summer off-season, Bryan Bordelon doesn’t look like a school principal. His youthful demeanor, soft voice and the Green Lantern coffee mug he keeps on his desk make him seem downright puckish. But don’t let his nice guy image fool you: Bordelon comes from a bloodline of disciplinarians.

“They called my mom ‘Bulldog Bordelon’ because she was such a strict teacher,” Bordelon said in his tiny temporary office in what used to be Maude W. Gordon Elementary School in Bellaire.

Bordelon, a former Scarborough High School teacher and teacher development specialist for Houston ISD, was recently hired to be the principal for the district’s new Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School, which will open with pre-kindergarten through second-grade pupils this year.

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