I have extensive experience teaching Spanish! I have taught in elementary, middle and high schools. Most of my formal training came as TA in grad school while earning my Master's degree in Teaching Foreign Language and Literature. I had excellent professors who taught me how to best guide my students to language acquisition. For the past 10 years I have been working at a high school, where I have taught every level from 1-6, plus Conversation & Culture and a new Spanish for Spanish Speakers course. Outside of education, I live and work with the Spanish-speaking community in WI. I have worked in social service and have some training and experience interpreting and translating. I also try to advocate for my Spanish-speaking students whenever I can! I have an intense interest in increasing cultural understanding and global citizenship!
Engaging! My goal is to get students engaged in the content - whether it be through games, songs, speaking activities, funny stories, dancing, silly "tricks" to remember content or simply conversing with them about their lives! I am never done innovating and am willing to try anything that will help my students learn. I believe in using language in context, encouraging students to read, write, speak and think in Spanish. My upper level courses focus and center around cultural units and challenge students not only in language, but in seeing the world from a different perspective. I also believe that students learn best when they feel at home in the classroom and make a targeted effor to get to know them personally and create a fun, family atomosphere in the classroom through humor and genuine caring.
National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages, Master of Arts in Teacher Foreign Language & Literature, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature, Sociology
Marquette University (graduate degree), University of Notre Dame (undergraduate degree)
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