Currently teaching Middle School Spanish at St. Martin's Episcopal School in New Orleans, LA. 2015/16- Elementary Spanish- (2 years old - 5th Grade) - St. Martin's Episcopal, New Orleans, LA 2014/15- Elementary ENGLISH- (2 years old- 4th grade)- Disney English, Hangzhou, China 2012-2014- Middle School Spanish (6th-8th grade) Heritage Spanish and Spanish as a Second Language- Skinner Middle School- Denver Public Schools- Denver, CO 2011/12- Middle School and High School Spanish- Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO 2010/11- ELA Kindergarten Assistant- Denver Public Schools
Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI) is the teaching methodology and approach that I use in my classroom. I also use Organic World Language (OWL) strategies. I am constantly trying to revise my teaching practices to provide the best combination of methodologies to my students. I want my students to ACQUIRE the Spanish language rather than learn about it. There are many branches under the TCI umbrella including, TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), Circling, PQA (Personalized Questions and answers), movie talk, and so much more. The most important thing that you should know about how my classroom works is that I am speaking in SPANISH 90% of the time. I am sheltering my language and limiting it to the Spanish I know that the students know and throughout the year this vocabulary will grow and develop and they will acquire the language naturally rather than memorize it and study its grammar. So often when I speak to adults they tell me that they took a language in high school or college, but “can’t speak a word”. That is VERY normal. Language teachers hear this ALL the time. Next they proceed to tell me that they are just not good at language. That is impossible. If you can learn one language you can learn them all. It is all about how you are taught. I failed Spanish all through school. I struggled and worked SO hard because I desperately wanted to be “good” and communicate. The problem was that I wasn’t being taught to communicate. I was being taught ABOUT Spanish. I was learning the grammar and conjugations, and all of the rules. I wasn’t acquiring the language for communication. My failure in Spanish is the reason I teach the way I do. EVERYONE can learn language.
2016- Learning Lab Teacher- International Forum on Foreign Language Teaching- Chattanooga, TN 2014- Mile High Teacher of the Year Nominee- Denver, CO 2014- Putting Students First - District Level Award- Denver, CO
2013- Masters of Education- Curriculum and Instruction- Endorsement in ELA- University of Denver 2011- Bachelors Degree- Spanish and Criminology- University of Denver 2007- Associate of Arts Degree- Colorado Mountain College
I grew up in a small mountain town called Leadville, in Colorado. I am accustomed to altitudes of at least 10,000 feet, and ten months of snow is quite normal. Needless to say, I have been melting since I moved to Louisiana. I am a step mommy to a BEAUTIFUL little girl named Isla Rose and I have the world's most loving and supportive boyfriend, named Paul Williamson. I love travelling the world and finding adventures and I also LOVE eating, anything and everything!