I have taught high school Spanish (levels I, II, and III) since 2007. I also taught adult continuing education classes for two years.
As a foreign language teacher, I have a very specific learning goal for my students. I believe that in the two years in which I have my students, it is my responsibility to help them become as proficient in the Spanish language as possible. I want them to reach the highest level they can in all four modes of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. How does that goal influence my philosophy of teaching? Everything I do in my classroom, every activity, every test, etc. must help my students in at least one of those areas. Therefore, I am always thinking how what we do in the classroom will allow them to hear, speak, read, or write in Spanish. These skills are extremely important because without them, my students have no way of communicating. I need to be able to tell my students that my class has value and that them giving me two years of their life will have an outcome—they will learn how to communicate.
Alabama World Language Association Spanish Teacher of the Year 2017; Lauderdale County School System Secondary Teacher of the Year 2013-2014; Rogers High School Teacher of the Year 2013-2014; 2012 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (a program of the National Society of High School Scholars that honors educators worldwide); Rogers High School Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
I have a Master's degree in Foreign Language Education from Auburn University. I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of North Alabama in Secondary Education and Spanish with a certification in English as a Second Language. I have also been on several summer study abroads to Costa Rica, Spain, and Guatemala.
It is an amazing experience to watch my students learn to communicate in a foreign language. However, the greatest reward that teaching provides me with is the satisfaction of knowing that I bring five hours of a safe, engaging, and even fun atmosphere into a teen’s life each week. I cannot be their counselor, but I can pray for them and pray each day that my classroom is a safe shelter to them from whatever is going on in their life. I know that their minds will be taken away from any troubles that they may have because I will keep them engaged, active, and learning for fifty minutes each day. That is my calling, and I am blessed to do it each day.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Science, Environment, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Music, Religion, Classroom Management, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Easter, Earth Day, For All Subjects