I spent several years teaching English abroad to students aged 4-74! Once I moved back in the US about 4 years ago, I continued teaching, first as a Spanish Language enrichment program at a local school, followed by 2 years in a Fifth Grade dual immersion program in Spanish and English. The model used at that school was 50%/50% with switches in which content was taught in each language every 6 weeks. As a result, I've taught it all in Spanish and English and understand the struggle to find quality Spanish teaching materials. I've ended up making quite a few myself, and thought I would share what I wish had been available to me! Next year, I'll be in a 4th grade classroom with Math, Reading, and Writing taught in Spanish daily.
I strive to instill a growth mindset in my students, first by modeling one myself. This is especially important with second language acquisition! I infuse technology into my teaching as a tool for deep, targeted, and engaging learning. Workshop model instruction in all areas with mini-lessons and small group/individual reinforcement.
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Bachelors degree in Geology and Physics, TEFL and experience teaching ages 4-74 ESL. Masters of Arts in Elementary education. Training in second language acquisition, ESL instruction.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and love the outdoors and crafting things with my hands. I learned Spanish first in high school and after college decided to truly immerse myself in a Spanish Speaking country to learn the language fully. So, I moved to Peru where I lived and worked for several years. It was there that I realized my love of teaching, and decided to truly pursue it as a career. Upon my return to the US, I earned my Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and have been teaching in a dual language classroom ever since!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Numbers, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Basic Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Place Value, For All Subjects