I taught 4th grade in Honduras before moving back to the States, where I've been teaching for the last 3 years at a public high school in the Bronx created specifically for immigrants, overaged students, and SLIFE.
I've been creating and developing my own native-language (Spanish) curriculum for unschooled school and SIFE (students with interrupted formal education) who are either illiterate or in need of literacy intervention in their native language. This is NOT ESL, but rather the native-language foundations needed for eventual second-language acquisition.
In other words, I teach Pre-K to 2nd-grade content to 15- to 21-year-olds in their native language. The majority of my work consists of teaching students to read and write for the first time in their native language (Spanish).
Project-based, interactive, child-focused
Four-time university and graduate-school guest lecturer. Presentations include:
1) Columbia University, Teachers College:
"Native-Language Needs of Latino Immigrants, SIFE, and Unschooled Youth in our Public Schools: What Works, What Doesn't, and Where Do We Go Next?" (Given twice)
2) Columbia University, Teachers College:
"Learning to Read and Write: Strategies for Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Letter-Sound Correspondence"
3) City College of New York:
"Literacy Assessments: Running Records and the Classroom"
Professional Development Presentations:
1) "Classroom Strategies for Struggling Readers"
2) "Running Records in the Classroom"
NYU: BA in English Literature, language studies in French
Columbia University, Teachers College: Master's in International Education Development
Originally from San Antonio, Texas (Go Spurs!), I'm a passionate teacher who loves seeing her students develop interest and grow throughout the year.
As the creator of my own native-language (Spanish) literacy program as well as Spanish literacy curriculum, I have thoroughly enjoyed facing the challenge of creating materials that are age-appropriate and culturally appropriate yet at the same time at the early levels of my students.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Biology, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, European History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Autumn, Summer, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading