I currently teach Spanish 1 to grades 7-8. I taught two years of high school Spanish in the Northern Mariana Islands (levels 1 and 2) and now teach in Washington State. I served in the US Peace Corps in El Salvador from 2004-2006. I studied in Ecuador for 1 year, 2002-2003. I volunteered with Amigos de las Americas in the Dominican Republic for 2 months (2000) and then served on the training team and board of directors for the Seattle Chapter (2007-2009). I have traveled to all of the countries in Central America, along with Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, and have now been to Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Thailand. We try to visit our family in El Salvador each year for at least a few weeks.
Hands-on activities that engage students in more than just worksheets. Real-life conversation practices. I also teach Latin American history, Latin American culture, Latin American literature/art/music. I create creative PowerPoint presentations with animations to show how the grammar formulas work. I engage students through music (song of the week, with a karaoke video), telenovelas (Rebelde), penpals, and native speaker visits. At school I also have done yearbook, ski bus, open mic club, and more!
Recognition for serving on the Amigos de las Americas, Seattle Chapter Board of Directors and Training Team; presenter at WAFLT Conferences (Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers).
BA in Latin American Studies 2004 minor in Environmental Studies 2004 BA in Spanish 2007 MA in Teaching 2009 My BA's are from the University of Washington and the MA is from Seattle University.
I am married to a Salvadoran - we speak Spanish and English at home. My cat is Salvadoran, too:) I play guitar, sharing popular Latin music with my students.