I have been teaching Bilingual Education (Spanish) and English as a New Language in an urban elementary school for the past 18 years. Having taught 4th and 5th grades in all subject areas I am knowledgable of the curriculum and the Common Core standards. I have also taught 6th grade English Language Arts/ Reading and ENL. Being a Bilingual teacher I teach in both English and Spanish, so I have a variety of materials in both languages. I have become very skillful at providing sheltered instruction to English Language Learners allowing them to learn content and vocabulary in English.
Providing hands-on activities to maximize student engagement is a priority for me. I want students to feel comfortable learning according to their own style, but also understanding that there are times when they need to work in a more traditional setting as well. My classroom reflects a natural learning atmosphere with live plants, carpets and pillows, wooden shelves and chairs, and low lighting.
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I attended Daemen College in Amherst, New York as a Special Education/ Spanish major, then moved on to Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania for Foreign Languages and Teaching (Spanish and French). I finally settled in at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York where I studied Bilingual Elementary Education. During my time at D'Youville College I also studied Psychology and Graphic Design for a semester at the Universidad del Noroeste in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I graduated from D'Youville College in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an extension in Bilingual Education. I later attended the State University at Buffalo where I earned a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
I believe that teachers should give their students the kind of education that they want their own children to have. I feel that being a mother to my 14 year old son and 9 year old daughter has made me a better teacher.