I have had many amazing opportunities that have shaped me and prepared me to serve the students I was meant to serve! I am currently a fourth grade dual-language teacher... and it is what I am meant to be! I've taught high school Spanish and then was an elementary and middle school ESL push-in/pull-out teacher. However, while I loved those roles, my passion in education is cultivating biliterate and bilingual students at the elementary level. I also love having a self-contained classroom where I get to be with my own group of students all day, all year! Most recently, I was a second grade teacher in a one-way dual language program.... and I loved it! That is where I truly fell in love with teaching children, and have grown as a bilingual educator. Now that I am in a two-way dual language program where I get to use my education, skills, and experience to ensure that my sweet little native English-speakers and my adorable little native-Spanish speakers become bilingual and biliterate, I believe I have arrived at my destination! Now, it's time to share engaging products that I find helpful in creatively and effectively supporting my students on their way to BeingBilingual... join me in this journey!
Student-led instruction where I can guide students to their own discoveries in learning. I also use strategies from Karen Beeman and Cheryl Urow's model of dual language, as well as Kathy Escamilla's work (theDictado, TPR, literacy squared, oracy, bridging, contrastive analysis of languages, etc.) and GLAD strategies.
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I majored in Spanish Language and Literature in college, and once I graduated I studied to earn my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate in Costa Rica. Afterwards, I returned to the States and earned a Master's degree in Literacy with an emphasis on bilingualism and ESL.
I am originally from the Chicago area, but my husband, daughter, our two pups, and I just moved to Northern Colorado in the summer of 2016! We love the culture of life here and are ready for all the new and exciting adventures that lie ahead of us!