HS Spanish Teacher (2011- Present), Spanish Department Chair (2014- Present), Spanish Immersion Program Coordinator (2015- Present), Language Immersion Trips Abroad Group Leader (2015- Present)
In graduate school, I fell in love with the idea of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences: the belief that students not only learn in different ways, but they also need to encounter a concept through various designs in order to truly understand and retain ideas. So ever since those grad school days, it has been my mission to teach language curriculum in refreshing and unpredictable ways, and games have proven to be the perfect platform in which so many intelligences are engaged: interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial, and verbal-linguistic. Students should leave class feeling challenged, curious, and engaged, but these lofty values prove to be difficult because language acquisition requires repetition, and as we know, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Yet lessons that incorporate thoughtfully designed games provide a repetition that is exciting, they meet students’ physical and mental needs, and most importantly, they empower students to grow in language fluency. They will go from play to say.
2018 Teacher of the Year- Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA)
Oglethorpe University (B.A. in Spanish; English), Agnes Scott College (M.A.T. in Secondary Education)
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