We are Alison and Jayme, two teachers committed to creating high-quality, engaging, and aesthetically pleasing educational resources for teachers who use Spanish in the classroom, whether you work in a One-Way, Two-Way, Dual Immersion, or even ELD program. If you are anything like us, you have spent many precious hours translating, tweaking, and trying to find materials that will work in your classroom. Together, we have 14 years of experience teaching grades K-6.
Our teaching style can best be described as "no nonsense." Not that we don't love nonsense. We do, just not when it's being fed to us as the latest teaching fad. We have sat through a lot of professional development selling a lot of "strategies" but the style that works best for us is getting to know our students, their strengths and their needs, and then strategizing about how to best meet those needs and utilize those strengths.
Jayme and Alison were both named "Teacher of the Year" (of different years) at the school where they met in San Jose, California. But they don't do it for the glory. They do it for that sweet, sweet, teacher salary.
Jayme is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Reading/Literacy. She received her BA in Spanish from Santa Clara University and her Bilingual Multiple Subjects Credential from San Jose State University. Alison received her BA from the University of Oregon and her Masters in Education from the University of California Santa Cruz.
We first began creating our own teaching materials as a grade level team, also known as the Best Team EVER, teaching 5th grade, Jayme in a Two-Way Bilingual class and Alison in a Structured English Immersion class. We found that a lot of the materials available to us either didn’t fully meet the needs of our students, were unengaging, or were outdated. Even if we did end up finding something, it was usually only available in English, which meant a lot of translating. Seriously, translating materials almost became our full time job. Creating our own materials allowed us to really tailor our lessons to the needs of our students, while engaging and exciting them. Learn more about us at our website www.bearsbeetsbilingualresources.com.
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