I have taught both high and middle school Spanish 1 and 2. I base my instruction in Comprehensible Input paired with trauma responsive discipline. I teach a combination of gifted and talented, great scholars, and general education students. I am currently in my third year of teaching.
I teach through Comprehensible Input focusing largely in TPR and TPRS. I have never taught from a book and while I follow most of the same unit ideas as Avancemos. I am creating my own curriculum. I work in an extremely high poverty area and most of my children enter the classroom with trauma. To help their learning environment, I work to create a safe environment in my classroom where my kids can be silly and goofy, and hopefully forget about the chaos outside of the classroom. My classroom integrates TPRS, CI, Whole Brain Teaching and resiliency under the umbrella of Spanish.
Sue Lehman Teaching Fellowship Nominee Teacher of the Year Nominee
I graduated high school with my diploma and an Associates of Arts in Globalism and Diversity before attending Western Washington University. At Western I graduated with a degree in Sociology, a second interdisciplinary major titled "Comprehending a Diverse Classroom", and a minor in Spanish. I am currently working towards an MBA at Louisiana State University.
Before entering the classroom I spent time teaching in Spain, exploring Southeast Asia and South America. I have studied Spanish in Guatemala, Spain, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Nicaragua. I also have 14 years of experience as a professional nanny specializing in infants, multiples, and special needs. I helped developed an audio recording program and recreated a girl's empowerment course for middle schoolers at a Boy's and Girl's program in Washington state