I have taught Spanish and French for 30 years in California. I have created and presented many workshops in my district, outside the district and for my school for foreign-language teachers, beginning and veteran teachers of all disciplines on classroom management, lesson-planning, TPR story-telling, and the teaching of Spanish and French grammar in an immersion classroom. For two years I served as a Consulting Teacher in my district helping new teachers with curriculum, lesson planning and classroom management. Last year, my principal nominated me for Teacher of the Year.
My teaching is based on the philosophy of the natural approach and the use of comprehensible input for acquiring a second language. I filter all activities through that lens. Before choosing or creating an activity, I ask the question, "Is it comprehensible input?" and, "Is it fun?". If it is comprehensible input, i.e, language in context, it will stick. If it is fun, students will be motivated and, it will stick.
I was nominated, "Teacher of the Year" by my principal. I was nominated for best teacher by several students. I also received the "Pick-it-up-a-Notch" award at my school.
BA in French, Art. MA in Spanish.
I studied one year in France, eight months in Spain and three months in Mexico.