Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, Spanish Teacher and Global Connections Chair, Chicago, IL – 08/08 to present - Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture: Teach students to communicate with native-like flair, control and accuracy through the analysis of cross-cultural themes, historic conflicts, contemporary controversies, and authentic periodicals, original works of literature and audiovisual resources. - Spanish 3 Honors: Teach contextualized grammar and vocabulary through the lens of culture. Spiral concepts while introducing more advanced structures as students build communicative competence. - Spanish 2 Honors: Build on previous skills while emphasizing new verb tenses, vocabulary expansion, and pronunciation. Foster an environment of risk-taking to help students develop their productive skills. - Global Connections Chair: Support the mission of Payton’s Global Connections program that every student be able to explore the world, weigh perspectives and be a global citizen by overseeing the coordination of all international school trips and exchanges. Maintain sister school relationships, advocate for global learning, mentor teacher travels, promote travel opportunities to make them visible school-wide, liaise between administration, faculty and partners abroad, create and streamline procedures and model documentation, and ensure accessibility to all by securing merit and need-based funding for student global learning.
I utilize a communicative approach and my teaching style is interactive, highly varied, student-centered and technology rich.
Nurturing Teacher Leadership, Graduate of the 17th Cohort of World Languages National Board Program Chicago, IL – 07/13 - 07/14 - Earned 30 credits beyond my Masters for completion of a 1-year program of weekly, on-site professional development, which included a 10-day Summer Institute and collaboration with peers in my content area. - Explored best practices in world language and culture instruction including scaffolding strategies and cultural comparisons; received extensive mentoring in aligning my instructional practice with National Board Standards and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Standards. Fund for Teachers Fellowship, 2012 Fellow Chicago, IL / Lima and Cusco, Peru – 4/12 - 08/12 - Awarded with colleague an educational grant to carry out a self-designed curriculum plan which included traveling to Peru to research Peruvian culture and Inca civilization and establish a sister-school partnership with a high school in Lima in order to grow professionally, inform instruction, and impact student learning.
EDUCATOR CREDENTIALS National Board Certified in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, World Languages Other than English EDUCATION Dominican University, Master of Arts in Teaching, 12/09 University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English Ann Arbor, MI, 12/07 Recipient of Michigan Merit Award, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, University of Michigan Achievement Award, University of Michigan Honor Roll 2005-2006, 2006-2007 Universidad de Granada – Centro Internacional de Educación Superior, Study Abroad Program Granada, Spain 07/06 Enriched undergraduate studies through cultural immersion and intensive language learning in a foreign education system.
Member Affiliations: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); American Federation of Teachers (AFT)