I have taught Spanish to all ages (preK-college/adults) and in all settings since 2001. I usually create my own curriculum even when I taught at a public high school. I have also taught at Texas A&M and the University of North Texas, where I was required to use their curriculum. I prefer to be as creative as I can and use my own teaching tools when possible.
I prefer to use hands-on activities that get the kids (and adults!) engaged. I like cooperative learning and use it the bulk of the time in the classroom. I believe in worksheets, but not to the extreme. I believe when teaching Spanish it's important to teach all areas: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. I like to have a variety of activities (games, puzzles, group projects, songs, and with Spanish even videos are a must in my opinion to help with oral comprehension). I try to incorporate technology as much as possible as well.
I was involved in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor's Society in Graduate School. Throughout college I was on the Dean's and/or President's List. While teaching, I was fortunate to work at a high school that allowed me to implement AP Spanish courses, which I consider an honor for sure. I also maintain a current teaching certificate in Spanish (secondary level) in the state of Texas.
I have my Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and my Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Spanish from the University of North Texas. I completed 45 hours of doctoral coursework in the Hispanic Studies program at Texas A&M University with an emphasis in bilingual education before I realized I have no desire to do a dissertation. I just love to teach and I do not enjoy research or publishing.
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