I have been teaching Spanish to middle and high school for the past 8 years (levels 1A, 1B, 1 and 2). I taught two years of high school Spanish in the Northern Mariana Islands and now teach in Washington State. I served in the US Peace Corps in El Salvador, studied in Ecuador for 1 year, volunteered with Amigos de las Americas in the Dominican Republic for 2 months, and then served on the training team and board of directors for the Seattle Chapter of AMIGOS (2007-2015). I have traveled to all of the countries in Central America, along with Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, and have now been to Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Thailand and am soon traveling to Africa. We try to visit our family in El Salvador every couple of years for at least a couple of weeks.
Hands-on activities that engage students in more than just worksheets. Real-life conversation practices. I also teach Latin American history, Latin American culture, Latin American literature/art/music. I create creative PowerPoint presentations with animations to show how the grammar formulas work. I engage students through music (song of the week, with a karaoke video), telenovelas (Rebelde), penpals, and native speaker visits. At school I also have done yearbook, ski bus, open mic club, and more!
Recognition for serving on the Amigos de las Americas, Seattle Chapter Board of Directors and Training Team; presenter at WAFLT Conferences (Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers) 3 times.
BA in Latin American Studies 2004 minor in Environmental Studies 2004 BA in Spanish 2007 MA in Teaching 2009 University of Washington and Seattle University.
I am married to a Salvadoran - we speak Spanish and English at home. My cat is Salvadoran, too:) I play guitar, sharing popular Latin music with my students. **All clip-art used in my products is open sourced from openclipart.org unless otherwise noted.