I'm proud to say that I just finished my 11th year as a teacher. I started my career in my home country of Colombia, teaching kids and adults in a Language Institute in 2005. Shortly after, I was recruited to a leadership role as both a language coordinator and teacher for an institute that also published educational materials. I taught and developed curriculum for all levels and ages: kids, teenagers, and adults. In 2010, I accepted a job at a K-11 school, where I taught elementary and middle school students, and where I met my husband. (I also taught university language classes at night during this time.) I traveled to Chile with my husband in 2013, living there for six months and teaching in a Language Institute. Back in Colombia in 2014, I worked at the same university for sixth months, before coming to the United States to teach middle school in Jacksonville, NC.
I am a teacher who considers autonomy as the center of her practice. I love when my students take it upon themselves to use all the resources I gave them in order to improve their language level, instead of waiting for me to do it. I think of myself as a guide or facilitator in the classroom who gives students the opportunity to be themselves, to make mistakes, and to correct them. I promote critical thinking skills that not only help them be successful in my subject, but that are useful and applicable for other subjects and for their lives outside the classroom.
Global Teacher of the Year 2015-2016
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education with Concentration in Humanities: Spanish and Foreign Languages at National Pedagogic University in Bogota-Colombia. From 2005-2010 and an International Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture in Salamanca-Spain 2015-2016
During my vacation time, I love traveling with my husband, primarily because we love learning from other cultures. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone. This allows me to experience other countries' realities and to be part of the diversity in the world. I also love dancing salsa, merengue and any music that inspires me. Reading is another passion. I usually have a book with me, and I love reading about some places that I can later see in person. That’s exciting! And, of course, I also love languages. Trying to guess where people are from, according to their accent, their vocabulary, their gestures, makes me think about all the amazing things a person can carry with the language he/she speaks. They carry a story.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Math, Numbers, Social Studies - History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Foreign Languages, Geography, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween