PORTLAND, Maine -- 02/16/2017 -- Casco Bay High School English teacher Ekhlas Ahmed appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday at the invitation of host, Ellen DeGeneres. During her appearance on national television, Ahmed spoke about how the show helped her learn English when she came to America as an teenager with her family, refugees from the war in Darfur, Sudan.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Casco Bay High School English teacher who came to Maine as a Sudanese refugee made a guest appearance this week on a television show that she said helped her learn to speak English.
Ekhlas Ahmed, a huge fan of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” told the host that she used the show to help her learn English when she came to America as an adolescent with her family, refugees from the war in Darfur, Sudan, Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Tess Jancelewicz said Thursday in a news release.
Ahmed said she considered DeGeneres an inspirational and positive figure and was thrilled to meet the television star in person.
Ahmed’s guest appearance on the show aired Thursday.
Ellen had Ahmed as a guest on her show this week, calling Ahmed’s life story “so inspiring.”
Ahmed wrote DeGeneres a letter to express her thanks and admiration over the years, and DeGeneres was so touched …
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