Spanish and English teacher for over 25 years, K - 12. and college. E.S.O.L. TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2nd – 8th grade Teacher of Spanish as a foreign language at Carmel Christian School - Matthews, NC. United States of America. K-5 E.S.O.L. (English for Speakers or Other Languages) teacher, Union County Public Schools, (East Elementary) - Monroe, NC. United States. Kindergarten teacher (E.S.O.L.) BILINGUAL (ENGLISH /SPANISH) EDUCATION EXPERIENCE K-5 AND 8 grade English teacher. Colegio Juanambú, Cali – Colombia. 4th & 5th grade teacher. Fundación Educativa de Montelíbano, Córdoba, Colombia. 2nd, 4th, 11th grades teacher, Colegio Inglés de los Andes (CILA), Cali, Colombia. Head of the English Department. 6th to 11th grades Spanish teacher, Connaught School for Girls / Leyton Sixth Form College, London, United Kingdom. 2nd grade teacher. Colegio Bennett, Cali- Colombia. English speaking educator for reading, writing, speaking, science, math, art, and social studies. 6th to 8th grade art teacher, colegio Jefferson, Cali – Colombia. Art teacher (painting, drawing, ceramics) OTHER EXPERIENCE - Undergraduate E.S.P. (English for specific Purposes) teacher, Universidad Javeriana. Cali, Colombia. - General English program and Bilingual Secretarial Program teacher,
What is the best or the most appropriate teaching style in foreign languages? Now it is very common to hear about 12 very well known teaching styles or approaches in teaching languages, and we can also hear a lot about Howard Gardner and his theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983). As teachers we deal with many different students with different backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses, skills and limitation. So as a teacher I like to present a variety of activities every time I teach a new topic in class and the idea is to cover all possible cognitive styles in my class: Visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS - Special recognition by the Senate of the N.C. General Assembly for the top 10 presenter at the 2007 conference of the foreign Language Association of N.C. 10/07 - Cumberland County Schools. Department of Foreign Language, Certificate of Recognition for outstanding contribution to the professional development workshop of February 15, 2010. - “Cultural Exchange Diplomat”. Visiting International Faculty Program. Cultural Ambassador Program. N.C. 10/02. - “Cultural Exchange Diplomat”. Visiting International Faculty Program. Cultural Ambassador Program. N.C. 11/05. - “The 2007 Top 10 Presenters Award”. The best presentation of FLANC. The Foreign Language Association of N.C., FLANC Conference. Presentation: “Sir, what are we going to do today?” FLANC. Winston-Salem, NC. 10/05 - “The 2008 Top 10 Presenters Award”. The Foreign Language Association of N.C., FLANC Conference. Presentation: “Motivation in the Foreign Language Classroom” FLANC. Winston-Salem, NC. 10/08 - “The 2009 Top 10 Presenters Award”. The Foreign Language Association of N.C., FLANC Conference. Presentation: “Con M Se Escribe Magia.” Raleigh, N.C. 09/09 - Presenter on behalf of FLANC – The best of FLANC 2008. “The Southern Conference on Language Teaching, SCOLT.” Presentation. The best of FLANC “Sir, what are we going to do today?” Atlanta, GA. 03/09
EDUCATION: Universidad del Valle, Cali – Colombia. B.A. Modern Languages, September 30th. 1988. Secondary Concentration in Education and Linguistics. Universidad del Valle, Cali – ColombIA. Bilingual Education Specialist, 1998. Thesis topic: The parents; attitude towards the reading and writing process and its incidence in the reading and writing process in English in third grade students in a bilingual context. Universidad de Salamanca (Atlanta –GA Program). Student in thesis. “Multiple Intelligences curriculum in the Second Language teaching and learning Process”
TRAINING, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS - Union County Public Schools. Certificate of Credit for In-Service Program. “Effective Practices” 10/12/02. - The Visiting International Faculty Program. N.C. “Changes in Latitudes – Changes in Attitudes”. N.C. 10/12/02. - The Visiting International Faculty Program. N.C. “Cultural Exchange Diplomat”. N.C. 12/9/02. - Southwest Education Alliance. “Winning Strategies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students” 04/08/03 - Union County Public Schools. Certificate for In-service program. Kindergarten. 06/30/04. - The Visiting International Faculty Program. N.C. “Sharing Cultures in a Diverse World”. 02/01/03. - Union County Public Schools. Certificate of Credit for In-Service Program. “Thinking Skills” .05/30/03. - The Visiting International Faculty Program. N.C. “Celebrating Excellence in International Education. N.C. 03/11/04 - Union County Public Schools. Certificate of Credit for In-Service Program. “Developing Literacy in the Limited-English Proficient.” 05/05/05. - The Visiting International Faculty Program. N.C. “Educator and Cultural ambassador. N.C. 07/05. - Teaching Fellows Symposium. Recognizing Excellence in Teaching. Effectively Using our Voices. Charlotte,NC. 06/08. - The N.C. Association of Independent Schools, NCAIS Conference. N.C. 2006. - Tips, technology and tools for teaching all Spanish students. FLANC. Winston-Salem, NC. October, 2007. - Get rid of the overhead projector. Using power point. FLANC. Winston-Salem, NC. 10/07. - Introduction to Microsoft Power Point 2007. GCACS. In service-day. Charlotte, NC. 03/08. - Incorporating technology into the classroom”. The Teaching Fellows Institute. Charlotte, NC. 04/07. - Presentation. .Web 2.0 in the K-12 Classroom. The Teaching Fellows Institute. Charlotte, NC. 04/08. - The Schools Attuned Program. School Attuned Program from All Kinds of Minds. 05/09. - Active participation as a member of FLANC since 2006, SCOLT, TESOL, GCACS, and ACSI. I have attended different workshops and presentations.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Foreign Languages, Life Skills, Basic Reading, Writing, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Informational Text, Phonics, Classroom Community